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Agamemnon's Daughter: A Novella & Stories

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Instinctively he senses that his “sin” of loving will result in his own downfall, as Agamemnon’s was caused by sacrificing his daughter, Iphigenia. I found his account of the power of literature incredibly moving and thoroughly recommend it (it's worth checking out prize chairman John Carey's speech in awarding the prize too). The priest seized the knife and offered a prayer as he looked for a place to plunge the knife's point. Aeschylean characters have always to face a situation that leads them to an aporia between divine necessity and human responsibility.

In Iliad ix, the embassy to Achilles is empowered to offer him one of Agamemnon's three daughters, implying that Iphianassa/Iphigenia is still living, as Friedrich Solmsen 1981:353 points out.Our features are original articles from our print magazines (these will say where they were originally published) or original articles commissioned for this site. Ancient Greek subjects preserve their relevance in our times through their timeless, profound and comprehensive consideration of the human soul and interpersonal relations, which remain unchanged throughout the centuries in accordance with human nature.

Karl Kerenyi, aware of Iphigenia's obscure pre-history as an autonomous goddess rather than a mere marriageable girl in the house of Agamemnon, renders her name "she who governs births mightily" (Kerenyi 1959:331).In Aeschylus's Agamemnon, the first play in the Oresteia, the sacrifice of Iphigenia is given as one reason for Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus to plan to murder Agamemnon. Achilles reports that the army is clamoring for Iphigeneia’s sacrifice, but he will still protect her if it comes to that. And then it occurs to him that Stalin had done something with his son, Yakov, by refusing to accept an offer to exchange him after he'd been captured by the Nazis and held in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. When the fleet gathered a second time at Aulis, Agamemnon struck a deer while hunting and claimed he had surpassed Artemis.

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