Heracles and Other Plays
Heracles/ Iphigenia Among the Taurians/ Helen/ Ion/ Cyclops: Of these plays, only 'Heracles' truly belongs in the tragic sphere with its presentation of underserved suffering and divine malignity. The other plays flirt with comedy and comic themes. Their plots are ironic and complex with deception and elusion eventually leading to reconciliation between mother and son in 'Ion', brother and sister in 'Iphigenia', and husband and wife in 'Helen'. The comic vein is even stronger in the satyric'Cyclops' in which the giant's inebriation and subsequent violence are treated as humorous. Together, these plays demonstrate Euripides' challenge to the generic boundaries of Athenian drama.
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IPHIGENIA AMONG THE TAURIANS
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Aeschylus Agamemnon altar AMPHITRYON Antistrophe Apollo Argos Artemis Athenian Athens Atreus audience Aulis Bacchus birth blessed blood bring brother cave characters child CHORUS Strophe CHORUS-LEADER CREUSA Cyclops daughter dead death Delphi Dionysus divine drama earth Electra Erechtheus escape Euripidean Euripides Eurystheus eyes fate father fortune friends give god’s goddess gods Greece Greek tragedy Hades hands HELEN Hera Heracles hero Hippolytus holy honour human husband Ion’s IPHIGENIA kill king labours lady land live Loxias Lycus madness man’s marriage MEGARA MENELAUS mortal mother murder myth ODYSSEUS oracle ORESTES palace passage Phoebus play plot PROPHETESS PYLADES sacrifice satyrs scene SERVANT ship SILENUS sister song sons Sophocles sorrow Sparta speech story strangers suffering Taurians tears tell temple TEUCER Thebes THEOCLYMENUS Theonoe THESEUS THOAS tomb Trojan war Troy Tyndareus What’s wife woman words wretched XUTHUS Zeus