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Iphigenia in Tauris

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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This drama in blank verse, the first important work of Goethe's Classical period, stands the Iphigenia-Orestes story as treated by Aeschylus, Euripides, and Racine on its head. In Goethe's drama Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, in exile as a priestess in the barbaric land of the Tauri (Crimea), breaks the Tantalid family curse. She saves the life of her brother Orestes who has murdered his mother because she murdered his father. The female identity of the central character is all-important. It is uniquely her voice that brings resolution - not by preaching values but by the visceral force of belief in the rightness of the language of the heart. Translated from the German by Roy Pascal.… (more)

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This was a fair work by the great Goethe that touches on much of the poetic imagery that I saw prevalent in Faust. Overall, the work is impressive, but it is if there is something lacking here the carefully teetered lines that Goethe presents the reader.

Nonetheless, a decent read. ( )
  DanielSTJ | May 5, 2019 |
A Goethe classic but not the most exciting drama in the world. I read this just before seeing performed live in Mannheim. Seeing it live was more entertaining than reading it. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 26, 2016 |
1/11/94
  Kaysbooks | Sep 19, 2007 |
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Johann Wolfgang von Goetheprimary authorall editionscalculated
Boutens, P.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cole, BrianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pulvirenti, GraziaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waetzoldt, StephanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Heraus in eure Schatten, rege Wipfel

Des alten, heil'gen, dicht belaubten Haines,

Wie in der Göttin stilles Heiligtum,

Tret ich noch jetzt mit schauderndem Gefüfl,

Als wenn ich sie zum erstenam beträte,

Und es gewöhnt sich nicht mein Geist hierher.

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