Chapter

Travel Tragedy

Edith Hall

in Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392890
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979257 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392890.003.0003

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

Travel Tragedy

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An exploration of the prominence of the themes of travel and the sea in the play suggests that it offered Euripides' audience ways of thinking about the connections between the Black Sea cult of Artemis and the cults of Artemis and her brother Apollo at Delphi, as well as their association with Delos where their mother Leto had given birth to them and Olympia where their father Zeus reigned supreme. It asks who the historical Taurians were, and argues that the play gave the Greeks a picture they found endlessly fascinating of non-Greek life on the shores of the frightening northern Black Sea, a territory full of opportunity but also menace and danger. It bolstered the Greeks' sense of ethnic identity and superiority, to be sure, but also raised some questions about the right way of conducting inter-ethnic encounters during the process of colonisation.

Keywords: Taurians; Apollo; Artemis; Delphi; Delos; Black Sea; travel; colonisation; ethnicity; Greek identity

Chapter.  8552 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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