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According to the group of Trojan sagas, Iphigenia is the daughter of the Mycenaean king Agamemnon and of Clytemnestra. When the winds for the departure for Troy failed in Aulis, Agamemnon, at the behest of the seer Calchas, was to sacrifice Iphigenia to Artemis (Procli Cypriorum Enarratio ll. 68f. [EpGF 32]; Aesch. Ag. 198–249; Eurip., Iphigenia in Aulis – Homer does not mention the sacrifice, cf. Il. 9.144f.). The sources mention several motives for Artemis's ill-will (e.g. Sophoc. El. 566–569). Iphigenia was enticed to Aulis on the pretense of espousal to…

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Gödde, Susanne, “Iphigenia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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