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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: November 2019

3 - The Northward Advance of Greek Horizons

from Part I - Approaches

Summary

Few surviving Greek tragedies have a non-Hellenic setting, and the development of Iphigenia’s story that culminates in Euripides’ Iphigenia among the Taurians (hereafter IT) is closely linked with increasing familiarity with the Black Sea and contact with its northern hinterland and its peoples. Bearing in mind that tragedy was aimed at a mass audience, what might we suppose were the associations and implications of this location for the public whom Euripides had in mind?