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Iphigeneia at Aulis

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,716 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry them-selves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -410)
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This play premiered in Athens in 405BC and is about an incident that took place at Aulis before the the armies of Hellas could set sail for the Trojan War.

This isn't a tragedy as we would normally think of them, as in Shakespeare's tragedies where bodies litter the stage by the final scene but it is a tragedy nonetheless despite the apparent 'happy' ending. I've heard it argued that this is a tragedy in the way Aristotle defined them, where someone has to make a choice, a difficult & horribl
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Mina Soare
This is hardly a straightforward play.

At this point in our society's history it will likely resonate strongly with Game of Thrones viewers, as the play neatly mirrors recent events (view spoiler), but not many others, I think. Self-sacrifice of this sort, where the sacrifice's identity is diminished to that of an object a gift, has been regarded as barbaric for so long that it's an alien notion, inte
B.R. Forrester
This was a pretty good story. I just had a bit of a hard time reading it. I would recommend it to others to read if they want to read an interesting story.
Near the end of Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia has offered herself as a sacrificial victim:
"I have decided that I must die. And I shall die gloriously."(p 58) At this point the Chorus echoes her praises, but one wonders at the events that have led to this point and the event that will come to follow this moment as the ending turns the drama on its head.

The story told in this drama by Euripides is one that Athenians knew well. It was told by Aeschylus in his drama Agamemnon, the first play in th
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This is an extremely readable adaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis, which is a great anti-war play questioning the sacrifices people are willing to make just for the chance to fight in a war without any real goal or benefit.

Teevan does two things I find particularly interesting in this adaptation. First, he incorporates a frame narrative where the old servant from Iphigenia at Aulis reflects back on the sacrifice from the end of the Trojan War when Agamemnon and the Greeks have returned h
Iphigenia in Aulis is one of two plays about Iphigenia that Euripides wrote- out of those two, this one is by far the better one. Instead of following a hypothetical situation like Iphigenia Among the Tauri, Iphigenia at Aulis simply tells the story of a father who is forced to kill his own daughter for assistance in battle from the gods. Essentially, this is the most appropriate "prequel" to the Oresteia trilogy.

Since I love the trilogy following Agamemnon and Orestes, I also love this play be
The rating is obviously for the translation and edition rather than the play itself. The translation is on par or a little better in terms of flow and readability than Philip Vellacot's 1972 version in the Penguin volume called "Orestes and Other Plays" and it seems to me, have taken a quite flexible approach to versification. There are also a lot of notes here, mostly geared to high school students (it seems) and some quite repetitious, but many quite helpful also. The questions the editors off ...more
Hm. This does not seem like a typical greek tragedy much atoll, does it. the action needing punishment is realized right away; the recognition is at the very beginning. The chorus alternates with the characters themselves singing. Despite the early recognition, nobody in the play can stop it; the 'villain' is fate and the mob. Certainly curious. it was well done, and nothing atoll what I expected, despite knowing the story. also odd how it is written with full knowledge of the trojan war ahead. ...more
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اوری پید (480 تا 406 پیش از میلاد) در میان سه تراژدی نویس مشهور یونان، جوان ترین آنهاست. او حدود نود و پنج تراژدی و کمدی نوشته که تنها هژده تای آنها باقی مانده است. مده آی او که تصور می کنم توسط ابوالحسن ونده ور به فارسی برگردانده شده، شاید تنها تراژدی اوری پید باشد که به زبان فارسی ترجمه شده. ویژگی کار اوری پید استفاده از شخصیت های معمولی ست. استفاده از شکل جعبه ای صحنه ی تیاتر (بر خلاف صحنه ی دایره وار یونانی در وسط تماشاگران) را به اوری پید نسبت می دهند، جعبه ی سه دیواره ای که تا دوران معاصر، ...more
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Not a translation that starts with much poetic merit, but one that is utterly readable and easy to follow, and becomes absolutely riveting in the scenes after Clytemnestra finds out Agamemnon's plan. Iphigenia's pre-sacrifice speeches read like Joan of Arc at the pyre, and they're thrilling.
My favorite from Euripides. This is his anti-war play: the virginal Iphigeneia is to be sacrificed for the sake of the Greeks on their way to war with Troy, and the Greeks all have their say about how awful it is before the sacrifice happens. The ending of the play is lost, but later playwrights imagine Iphigeneia saved by Artemis, "dead and brought to life again" and "in heaven with the gods," which sounds a lot like like someone named Jesus Christ.
I've never enjoyed reading a play as much as I enjoyed reading this one.
(Only complaint is the use of the word "awesome", it just did not fit.)
Derek Folder
I read this and watched the movie for a college Literature course at Columbia College Chicago. fantastic detail brought into acute relief by terrific suspense.
I enjoyed the passion of Iphegenia. I loved Achilles character and think there is a bigger story there I would like to develop.
There is no other Greek tragedian whose work I enjoy more than Euripides. One of his greatest late plays.
I love Greek Mythology, and although I love all of the Greek Tragedy writers from this time period, Euripides has always been my favorite. The stories are so great (and even though they are tragedies, I just think they are so much fun!!!!) I am in the process of rereading many of these great plays, but I started with Iphigeneia at Aulis because it was always one of my favorites. I haven't decided which one will be next -- suggestions are welcome!!! Maybe Ion? Medea? Trojan Women???
A play by Euripides about the story of Iphigenia, the girl who was sacrificed for the cause of the greater good. Iphigenia is the girl chosen by the gods to be sacrificed. The Greek army would not be able to advance until her death, as all winds have ceased. Agamemnon, the general of the greek army, is faced with a decision. Will he sacrifice his daughter for the glory of war, or will he let her live and be faced with the threat of the greek army?
Julia Boechat Machado
Iphigenia em Áulis é incrivelmente triste. Agamemnon pretende sacrificar a filha pelo orgulho de seu exército, Aquiles quer salvá-la apenas porque seu nome foi utilizado, e ela mesa decide se entregar ao sacrifício para morrer com dignidade, ao invés de ser arrastada para o altar.
Os eventos desse livro prenunciam toda a Orestéia, e atingem uma força poética qe só pode ser descrita como pungente.
Read as a suggestion to prepare a unit on the Odyssey. Stirring stuff. Has me amped for the next unit!
This was not my favorite of Euripides's plays. I did not enjoy the long speeches early on, even though they did serve their purpose in delivering the back story. I found the changes in personality and character of Agammemnon and Menelaus, when compared to their portrayal in other classic works, kind of jarring. Also, Iphigenia's response in the end just didn't seem believable.
Jul 24, 2010 Meagan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meagan by: Mythology Teacher
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Studies this in school in the original greek and I still think it is one of the most under-rated of the greek plays.
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I think this is a fascinating story, but I found this translation to be a little lacking in grace. The language was neat, but not especially beautiful.
I really enjoyed reading this play, but the version I saw in London was kind of terrible.
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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“AGAMEMNON: I will not slay my children, nor shall thy interests be prospered by justice in thy vengeance for a worthless wife, while I am left wasting, night and day, in sorrow for what I did to one of my own flesh and blood, contrary to all law and justice.” 3 likes
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