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Euripides, Iphigenia Among The Taurians, 712-840
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nanIPHIGENIA (to the guards) Go you away, and in the shrine prepare What those, who o'er the rites preside, require. (The guards go into the temple.) Here, strangers, is the letter folded close: What I would further, hear. The mind of man In dangers, and again, from fear relieved, Of safety when assured, is not the same: I therefore fear lest he, who should convey To Argos this epistle, when return'd Safe to his native country, will neglect My letter, as a thing of little worth. ORESTES: What wouldst thou then? What is thy anxious thought? IPHIGENIA: This: let him give an oath that he will bear To Argos this epistle to those friends, To whom it is my ardent wish to send it. ORESTES: And wilt thou in return give him thy oath? IPHIGENIA: That I will do, or will not do, say what. ORESTES: To send him from this barbarous shore alive. IPHIGENIA: That's just: how should he bear my letter else? ORESTES: But will the monarch to these things assent? IPHIGENIA: By me induced. Him I will see embark'd. ORESTES: Swear then; and thou propose the righteous oath.
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nanIPHIGENIA This, let him say, he to my friends will give. PYLADES: Well, to thy friends this letter I will give. IPHIGENIA: Thee will I send safe through the darkening rocks. PYLADES: What god dost thou invoke to attest thy oath? IPHIGENIA Diana, at whose shrine high charge I hold. PYLADES: And I heaven's potent king, the awful Zeus. IPHIGENIA: But if thou slight thy oath, and do me wrong? PYLADES: Never may I return. But if thou fail, And save me not? IPHIGENIA: Then never, while I live, May I revisit my loved Argos more! PYLADES: One thing, not mention'd, thy attention claims.
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nanIPHIGENIA If honour owes it, this will touch us both. PYLADES: Let me in this be pardon'd, if the bark Be lost, and with it in the surging waves Thy letter perish, and I naked gain The shore; no longer binding be the oath. IPHIGENIA: Know'st thou what I will do? For various ills Arise to those that plough the dangerous deep. What in this letter is contain'd, what here Is written, all I will repeat to thee, That thou mayst bear my message to my friends. 'Gainst danger thus I guard: if thou preserve The letter, that though silent will declare My purport; if it perish in the sea, Saving thyself, my words too thou wilt save. PYLADES: Well hast thou said touching the gods and me. Say then to whom at Argos shall I bear This letter? What relate as heard from thee? IPHIGENIA (reading) This message to Orestes, to the son Of Agamemnon, bear:-She, who was slain At Aulis, Iphigenia, sends thee this: She lives, but not to those who then were there. ORESTES: Where is she? From the dead return'd to life? IPHIGENIA: She whom thou seest: but interrupt me not. To Argos, O my brother, ere I die, Bear me from this barbaric land, and far Remove me from this altar's bloody rites, At which to slay the stranger is my charge.- ORESTES: What shall I say? Where are we, Pylades? IPHIGENIA: Or on thy house for vengeance will I call, Orestes. Twice repeated, learn the name. ORESTES: Ye gods!
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nanIPHIGENIA In my cause why invoke the gods? ORESTES: Nothing: proceed: my thoughts were wandering wide: Strange things of thee unask'd I soon shall learn. IPHIGENIA: Tell him the goddess saved me, in exchange A hind presenting, which my father slew A victim, deeming that he plunged his sword Deep in my breast: me in this land she placed. Thou hast my charge: and this my letter speaks. PYLADES O, thou hast bound me with an easy oath: What I have sworn with honest purpose, long Defer I not, but thus discharge mine oath. To thee a letter from thy sister, lo, I bear, Orestes; and I give it thee. (PYLADES hands the letter to ORESTES.) ORESTES: I do receive it, but forbear to unclose its foldings, greater pleasure first to enjoy Than words can give. My sister, O most dear, Astonish'd ev'n to disbelief, I throw Mine arms around thee with a fond embrace, In transport at the wondrous things I hear. LEADER OF THE CHORUS Stranger, thou dost not well with hands profane Thus to pollute the priestess of the shrine, Grasping her garments hallow'd from the touch. ORESTES: My sister, my dear sister, from one sire, From Agamemnon sprung, turn not away, Holding thy brother thus beyond all hope. IPHIGENIA: My brother! Thou my brother! Wilt thou not Unsay these words? At Argos far he dwells. ORESTES: Thy brother, O unhappy! is not there. IPHIGENIA: Thee did the Spartan Tyndarus bring forth?
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nanORESTES And from the son of Pelops' son I sprung, IPHIGENIA: What say'st thou? Canst thou give me proof of this? ORESTES: I can: ask something of my father's house. IPHIGENIA: Nay, it is thine to speak, mine to attend. ORESTES: First let me mention things which I have heard Electra speak: to thee is known the strife Which fierce 'twixt Atreus and Thyestes rose. IPHIGENIA: Yes, I have heard it; for the golden ram,- ORESTES: In the rich texture didst thou not inweave it? IPHIGENIA: O thou most dear! Thou windest near my heart. ORESTES: And image in the web the averted sun? IPHIGENIA: In the fine threads that figure did I work.
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nanORESTES For Aulis did thy mother bathe thy limbs? IPHIGENIA: I know it, to unlucky spousals led. ORESTES: Why to thy mother didst thou send thy locks? IPHIGENIA: Devoted for my body to the tomb. ORESTES: What I myself have seen I now as proofs Will mention. In thy father's house, hung high Within thy virgin chambers, the old spear Of Pelops, which he brandish'd when he slew Oinomaus, and won his beauteous bride, The virgin Hippodamia, Pisa's boast. IPHIGENIA: O thou most dear (for thou art he,) most dear Acknowledged, thee, Orestes, do I hold, From Argos, from thy country distant far? ORESTES: And hold I thee, my sister, long deem'd dead? Grief mix'd with joy, and tears, not taught by woe To rise, stand melting in thy eyes and mine. IPHIGENIA: Thee yet an infant in thy nurse's arms I left, a babe I left thee in the house. Thou art more happy, O my soul, than speech Knows to express. What shall I say? 'tis all Surpassing wonder and the power of words. ORESTES: May we together from this hour be bless'd! IPHIGENIA: An unexpected pleasure, O my friends, Have I received; yet fear I from my hands Lest to the air it fly. O sacred hearths Raised by the Cyclops! O my country, loved Mycenae! Now that thou didst give me birth, T thank thee; now I thank thee, that my youth Thou trainedst, since my brother thou has train'd, A beam of light, the glory of his house.
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Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

4 results
1. Hebrew Bible, Deuteronomy, 18.10, 18.14 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

18.14. כִּי הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה יוֹרֵשׁ אוֹתָם אֶל־מְעֹנְנִים וְאֶל־קֹסְמִים יִשְׁמָעוּ וְאַתָּה לֹא כֵן נָתַן לְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ׃ 18.10. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that useth divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer," 18.14. For these nations, that thou art to dispossess, hearken unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do."
2. Hebrew Bible, 2 Kings, 17.17 (8th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

17.17. וַיַּעֲבִירוּ אֶת־בְּנֵיהֶם וְאֶת־בְּנוֹתֵיהֶם בָּאֵשׁ וַיִּקְסְמוּ קְסָמִים וַיְנַחֵשׁוּ וַיִּתְמַכְּרוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה לְהַכְעִיסוֹ׃ 17.17. and they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and gave themselves over to do that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him;"
3. Aeschylus, Eumenides, 18-19, 29, 609-621, 17 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

17. τέχνης δέ νιν Ζεὺς ἔνθεον κτίσας φρένα
4. Euripides, Iphigenia Among The Taurians, 1250-1258, 474, 487, 495-512, 517-575, 593-594, 617-621, 636-711, 713-840, 842-850, 852, 884-891, 1249 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)



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aeschylus Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
agamemnon Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
allegoresis (allegorical interpretation) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
aristobulus Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
aristophanes Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
aristotle, on tragedy and wonder Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
aristotle aristotle Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
athens Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
authority, of the priests Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
belief/disbelief Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
burnett, a.p. Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
clients, of priests Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
comedy Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
derveni author Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
destiny, of souls Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
dionysiac and orphic τέχναι Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
divination Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
diviners Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
dramatic elements Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
euripides, and myth Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
euripides, recognition scenes in Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
euripides Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343; Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127; Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
ezekiel, tragedian, apollo Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
ezekiel, tragedian, euripides as model Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
ezekiel, tragedian, general profile Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
ezekiel, tragedian Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
goff, b. Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
hades Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
heraclitus Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
initiates Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
initiations, fees for Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
iphigenia in tauris Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
judaism in egypt, ezekiel the tragedian Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
judaism in egypt Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
knowledge, acquired in the initiation Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
menander Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
moschion Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
myth Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
new comedy Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
officiants (in the mysteries) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
oracle of apollo Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
orestes Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
orphic doctrines Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
orphic poems Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
philia Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
philos/oi Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
pindar Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
plato Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
plutarch Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
present, past, future formula Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
priestesses Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
priests, begging priests (ἀγύρται) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
priests Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
professionals, of the sacred Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
proteus the seer Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
pythagoreans Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
rabinowitz, n.s. xxv Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
raguel (jethro) Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
recognition Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
rhetorical means Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
riddles Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
rites, rituals Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
salvation Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
socrates Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Euripides (2015) 309
sophocles Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
theatre Lightfoot, Wonder and the Marvellous from Homer to the Hellenistic World (2021) 127
theology Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
tragedy' Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 343
truth Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133
zeus, apollo Potter Suh and Holladay, Hellenistic Jewish Literature and the New Testament: Collected Essays (2021) 8
δρώμενα Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 133