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Iphigenia At Aulis
by Euripides, Trans. By E. P. Coleridge
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In danger of losing his command, Agamemnon considers sacrificing his daughter to the gods. How far will he go to save face and secure victory in the East?
Don Taylor's faithful translation contemplates the morality of war, a theme as valid today as when the play was written, over 2,000 years ago.
Don Taylor was a poet and playwright. His translation of Iphigenia was produced to great acclaim in summer 2004 at the National Theatre. He died in 2003.
CLYTAEMNESTRA: I am not so void of sense; bethink thee, I shall go through this as well, when I lead the maiden from the chamber to the sound of the marriage-hymn; wherefore I chide thee not; but custom will combine with time to make the smart grow less.
About the Author
Euripides was born near Athens circa 480 BC and grew up during the years of the Athenian recovery after the Persian Wars. His first play was presented in 455 BC and he wrote some hundred altogether of which nineteen survived. He died in 406 BC at the court of the King of Macedon.
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