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Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639-99) broke away from the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of intense psychological realism, with characters manipulated by cruel and vengeful gods. "Iphigenia" depicts a princess' absolute submission to her father's will, despite his determination to sacrifice her to gain divine favour before ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 320 pages
Published 1968 by Penguin (first published 1963)
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Jee Koh
For no reason given by the play, Venus tortures Phaedra, wife to Theseus King of Athens, with a passion for her stepson Hippolytus. She struggles valiantly against the passion, and only confesses her love to him when she received news of Theseus' death. She is rebuffed by the prince, and then learns that the king is not dead but is returning home. Wild with guilt and fear, she allows her nurse Oenone to lie to Theseus that Hippolytus hit on her, and inner torture becomes also external tragedy. ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in March and April 1999.

Iphigenia

One of the best known stories in Greek mythology is that of Iphigenia. She was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; when he was leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War. the fleet was stranded at Aulis by contrary winds, and an oracle told them that the wind would only change if Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter.

The story of Iphigenia has a distinguished history in drama. As well as inspiring Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis
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Jenny Elizabeth
Racine has always been on my periphery as someone I should read but to be honest, I've not bothered till I wandered into an Oxfam bookstore and found this book with the play Athaliah in it.

Let me just say that as if the drama of the Greeks lacked in anything, when arranged, so to speak, by the courtly romance of the French Enlightenment court, you get one big sha-BAM of drama. Though it's clear through Racine's expositions and prefaces that he struggles with various aspects of religion and his
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ایفی ژنی، یا "ایفی ژنیا"، یکی از دختران "آگاممنون"، پادشاه آتن است. اگرچه در اساطیر یونان چندان از او یاد نمی شود، اما اغلب تراژدی نویسان یک تراژدی به نام ایفی ژنی سروده اند. پیش از جنگ تروا، هنگامی که آگاممنون مورد قهر الهه "آرتمیس" قرار می گیرد، "کالخاس" پیش گو به او توصیه می کند برای فرونشاندن خشم الهه، دخترش ایفی ژنی را در معبد آرتمیس قربانی کند. آگاممنون ابتدا نمی پذیرد اما با فشار دیگران و از جمله برادرش "منلاس" که پادشاه اسپارت است ("هلن" همسر همین منلاس، بعدن توسط پاریس ربوده می شود و هم ...more
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I have read "Phaedra" from this collection. In large part, it is a retelling of Euripides' play "Hippolytus" with French neoclassical strings attached.
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