This is the third volume of a projected translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—only the third time such a project has been undertaken. Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah has ratings and 13 reviews. Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine () broke away from the grandiose. Racine alone would be a worthy reason to learn French. Achilles is sexy af. Much less attention to Iphigenia than in Euripedes, but I prefer this version.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 08, Jamie rated it really liked it. But a brother’s honour Is the least cause of thy solicitude: The story of Iphigenia has a distinguished history in drama.

He is extremely surprised by the dejected kind of his master: Instead, I was met with dry characters, a rushed plot, and little to no building of tension. The intrusive relegating of half the population to the status of an object that can be wrecked is dangerous, cruel and wrong. However, pity takes precedence over vanity: At Port-Royal, he excelled in his studies of the Classics and the themes rackne Greek and Roman mythology would play large roles in his future works. In fact, he has a strong belief in Yahweh, and is a renegade from the Jewish priesthood.

Iphigenia gropes to his father, trying to understand the cause of his apparent embarrassment and coldness.

He wrote that in order to depict the sacrifice of Iphigenia one should imitate the different degrees of grief amongst those present: Agamemnon eventually appears, blaming her for her daughter’s delay.

This play is about the personal and social struggles that Agamemnon faces between his wife Clytemnestrawho does not want to see her daughter sacrificed, and the Greek kings, who want to sail off to Troy and are looking for any sign of weakness in Agamemnon so they they may depose him. Racine’s interactions with the Jansenists in his years at this academy would have great influence over him for the rest of his life.

One of the best painted figure is the Oenone, the companionable nurse of the queen, who seems to be surprisingly pragmatic and realistic. The quality of Racine’s poetry has been described as possibly his most important contribution to French literature and his use of the alexandrine poetic line is one Anemones rated it really liked it Dec 16, I have a fitting horror for my crime; I hate this passion and I loathe my life.


Iphigenia is the strong, beloved daughter and tragic heroine. C’est l’histoire d’un roi qui doit sacrificier sa fille par un ordre divin. His story here is based on Greek myth, the source of several of his plays, and like Iphigenia covers the same ground as a play by Euripides, in this case Hippolytus. Eventually Athaliah, tormented by dreams in which a young boy killed her, went to the temple where she saw the boy from her dreams assisting in the ritual.

Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah by Jean Racine

Aug 06, David Sarkies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Dec 05, Ali rated it liked it. To view it, click here. Ihpigenia and Commentary Selected Bibliography.

The lightness and grace of its atmosphere rise almost palpably from the poetry even as it stands on the printed page. It is a fascinating one for him to have made, particularly given the extremism of his own brand of Catholicism. From that one act, sacrifying Iphigenia to the gods so the winds would permit the fleet to travel to Troy, Agammenon pushes on the first domino of a series ending with the end of his dynasty see Orestes and Electra in mayhem and blood.

Athaliah Jean Racine Snippet view – Shocked Agamemnon was ready to enter into a fight with an insidious fate and abandon the campaign, but the cunning street managed to convince him. The third play, Athaliah, is based on the Old Testament story of Athaliah, queen of Judah and follower of the pagan god Baal, and Jehoiada, high priest of the temple of Jerusalem the high priest of Jehovahwho wants to restore the kingship of Judah to the House of David.

The king cuts short when he sees his servant Euribat, who reports that the queen arrived, although the wedding train had lost his way and had been straying in the dark forest for a long time.

Achille arrives to offer her the support of his troops. The hero, shocked by the humiliation of the queen, swears to strike anyone who dares to raise his hand to Iphigenia — the king will have to answer for his deception. Iphigenia Jean Racine Digireads. View all 5 comments. View all 4 comments.

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The young hero in a rage exclaims that he does not want to hear about Troy, who did him no harm — he gave a vow of fidelity to Iphigenia, and not Menela! Iphigenia is taken away, and soon Clytemnestra hears thunderous rumblings — this Kalkhas sheds the blood of the gods on the altar! While there might be some truth in the observation that in both Iphigenia and Bajazet a key element of iphhigenia drama involves the stoppage of the wind, the fact that in Iphigenia the wind in question is in the sails, whereas in Bajazet it is in the windpipe, is indicative of the marked contrast between the two plays.


Though it’s clear through Racine’s expositions and prefaces that he struggles with various aspects ravine religion and his own faith, as well as the role of virtue in society, he brilliantly racibe complex human emotion and motif in these ancient stories. The action takes place in Aulis, in the camp of Agamemnon.

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I love how Agamemnon still has this pride issue even after him realizing his pride issue. It is based on the story from Kings of Athaliah and her grandson Joash, rulers of the kingdom of Judah.

Published by Penguin first published Athaliah also shows a breadth of research into the culture of the ancient Jews and the conflicts between the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel and the pagan religion. Ere, to his woe, thy brother link’d his fate With hers, she had been carried off by Theseus, Who, as thou knowest and hast heard from Calchas A thousand times, clandestinely unloosed Her virgin zone; and, pledge of that amour, A princess of her blood has been by her Kept in concealment.

Iphigenia is pictured here blandly stoic, paled by the more complex emotions of the tragic Eriphile who serves the improbable resolution of the knot.

And “Athaliah” portrays a ruthless pagan queen, who defies Jehovah in her desperate attempt to keep the throne of Jerusalem from its legitimate heir. I have read “Phaedra” from this collection. Ifigenia crede di non essere amata da Achille e che lui ami Erifile, Achille crede di non essere amato seppur brevemente da Ifigenia.

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