Iphigenia at Aulis

Wow! This is the first time I have ever seen the behind-the-scenes of Agamemnon and Menelaus conflict over the sacrifice of Agamemnon's daughter Iphigenia! I'd always wondered how the Greek tragedians could write so well but overlook such an obvious tool for tragedy. The death of a daughter given to the gods but (as far as the better known stories of the beginning of the war tell) not a tear shed from the father. I'm so glad that I've finally read this and learned that there was a story written about Agamemnon's agon over the situation. Logic and damned politics overpowering even the brave and powerful rulers. How interesting, the prophets working the soldiers into a riotous blood-thirst to force the kings to kill their kin. What kind of vicious plotting or morbid fascinations could best the Greeks? I doubt that one, there will ever be.

Hail to Euripides!


The ending.

I must say that, though poetic and colorful, I found it lacking in what I've grown to consider a typical format of Greek tragedy. It was pretty to think that the gods would intervene which, I felt, stole some of the authenticity of the play. I would very much like to know if there is a more archetypal-template version of this story with a less wholesome ending.

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