n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Iphigenia - άγαλμα of her father's house

Volume 89, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Aeschylus' famous trilogy, the Oresteia, abounds in a variety of virgins: three are mortal, the first of which is a sacrificial virgin, the second, an unmarried spinster, figured as an epikleros (heiress) and the third, a priestess; and two are divine: the Goddess Athena and the Erinyes or Furies. The trilogy begins with a sacrifice of a mortal virgin and closes with the metaphorical sacrifice of the divine Furies. The necessity of these sacrifices arises from elements in the respective figures that are problematic or obstructive to male patriarchal design. This article examines Aeschylus' treatment of the sacrificial virgin Iphigenia in his first play of the trilogy, the Agamemnon.

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