Iphigenia in Taurus Characters

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Athena

The goddess Athena appears at the end of the play to order King Thoas not to pursue the fleeing Hellenes. She represents wisdom and the disciplined aspects (rather than the aggressive aspects) of war, and she announces that human sacrifice will no longer be practiced. She also announces that it will henceforth take a majority of votes to condemn a man for a crime. Finally she blesses the safe return of Orestes, Iphigenia, and Pylades. The goddess supports the interests of the Hellenes, nottheTaurians.

Herdsman

The herdsman is a messenger who supplies the part of the story concerning the capture of Orestes and Pylades by the Taunans. He is one of the men who discovers and surrounds the two strangers, and his own account of the fight shows the Hellenes better warriors than the barbarians, who fought with stones.

Messenger

In a long descriptive monologue, this messenger informs...

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