Iphigenia in Taurus Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the opening scene of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus.

In the opening scene of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus, we see the forecourt of the temple of Artemis on the Taurian coast. An altar is also visible.

2. In the opening of Part 1 of Iphigenia in Taurus, what does Iphigenia first begin telling us?

When Iphigenia first begins to speak in Iphigenia in Taurus, she explains her heritage and family history. She describes who she has descended from and finally identifies who her mother and father are.

3. In Part 1, what does Iphigenia claim her father vowed to Artemis?

Iphigenia states that her father vowed to Artemis the loveliest creature born within twelve months, which happened to be Iphigenia herself.

4. Describe how Iphigenia was saved from death.

Iphigenia states that as she was held high over the altar, Artemis snatched her from death and put a deer in her place.

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