Farewell to Iphigenia

I want to conclude this flurry of posts about Iphigenia with a quote from the lass herself:

If Artemis is minded to take this body, am I, a weak mortal, to thwart the goddess? Nay, that were impossible. … give me wreaths to cast about me; bring them hither; here are my tresses to crown; bring lustral water too. Dance to Artemis, queen Artemis the blest, around her fane and altar; for by the blood of my sacrifice I will blot out the oracle, if it needs must be.

That’s from Euripides (the Edward P. Coleridge translation). There’s a very nice analysis of Iphigenia in Aulis by Russell Buzby in Portrayals of Heroism – Achillies, Agamemnon and Iphigenia:

Iphigenia may be regarded as the progenitor of all kleos [glory] in the Iliad: she becomes the war’s first victim, and also its greatest hero. Hers truly is aphthiton kleos [everlasting glory], which time and age will never fade.

However, if anyone wants a happy ending for her, there’s always Gluck’s opera IphigĂ©nie en Aulide

About Frank

A Sci-Fi & Fantasy author and lyrical poet with a mild obsession for vampires, succubi, goddesses and Supergirl.
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