Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἰφιγένεια [Iphigéneia], Latin Iphigenia)

A. Myth

I. is the eldest daughter of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, and the sister of Orestes, Electra and Chrysothemis (although Pausanias calls her the lovechild of Helen and Theseus, passed to Clytaemnestra for fostering (2,226f.)). The Greek army, under its supreme commander Agamemnon, waits in Aulis for a favourable wind to depart for Troy. The seer Calchas announces that only the sacrifice of I. will appease the wrath of Artemis, whom Agamemnon insulted; the goddess is re…

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Petrowski, Andrejs and Klein, Bert, “Iphigenia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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