Euripides: Ion

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  • Laura Swift (The Open University)

Euripides’ Ion tells the story of Ion, the founding father of the Ionian Greeks, and his reunion with his long-lost mother Creusa, queen of Athens. Ion is one of the so-called “alphabetical plays” of Euripides (plays surviving by chance on a manuscript which was originally part of an edition of Euripides’ plays in alphabetical order). The play’s precise date is unknown, but judging by metrical evidence it was composed between 420 and 410 BC, probably towards the middle of that date-range.

The play is set at Delphi, and opens with a prologue by the god Hermes, who sets the scene so far. He tells us that Apollo raped Creusa when she was a young woman. Creusa became pregnant but concealed the …

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Swift, Laura. "Ion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2010
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]