Taking Iphigenia Taurica as a case in point, this article will investigate the narrative artificiality of Euripides’ prologues. By creating prologic pieces which defied the dramatic festivals’ conventions, the Greek playwright distanced his tragedies from that kind of theatrical rituality, transforming them into a vessel for newly established and independent principles and values. Hence Euripides’ prologues set and defined the pre-conditions of his dramas, which may be perceived as a new intellectual construction. This article will explore the relationship between the prologue and the rest of the play, epilogue included and will, therefore, consider the play as a tripartite integrated structure which tests the possibility of conciliating myth, and its divine protagonists, with men’s new intellectual and ethical values.

Iphigenia Taurica and the Narrative Artificiality of Euripides’ Prologues

Duranti Marco
2017

Abstract

Taking Iphigenia Taurica as a case in point, this article will investigate the narrative artificiality of Euripides’ prologues. By creating prologic pieces which defied the dramatic festivals’ conventions, the Greek playwright distanced his tragedies from that kind of theatrical rituality, transforming them into a vessel for newly established and independent principles and values. Hence Euripides’ prologues set and defined the pre-conditions of his dramas, which may be perceived as a new intellectual construction. This article will explore the relationship between the prologue and the rest of the play, epilogue included and will, therefore, consider the play as a tripartite integrated structure which tests the possibility of conciliating myth, and its divine protagonists, with men’s new intellectual and ethical values.
Euripides, prologues, Iphigenia Taurica, deus ex machina, verisimilitude
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