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Past she had ascribed the bloodthirsty command at Aulis simply to the priest Calchas (16ff. ); yet Calchas had no half in appointing her to preside over human sacrifice in Taurica, and in 224ff. she doesn't acquit Artemis. So, in 258–9 her phrases, The altar of Artemis isn't but dyed too deep with streams of Hellene blood, point out a delight that cruelty is paid with cruelty, and provides to the savage will of Artemis an analogous endorsement which we discover back in 348–58. however the lengthy speech (342–91) within which this final passage happens is in itself a posh dramatic and mental improvement of crucial importance within the play. whilst she starts, Iphigenia is stuffed with bitterness – opposed to destiny for Orestes’ loss of life, opposed to Hellas, opposed to Artemis. She thinks with pride of the loss of life the 2 Greek strangers will endure, and merely needs that her sufferers may comprise Helen or Menelaus. Her anger then concentrates on her final reminiscence of her father at Aulis. From this she passes to techniques of the house she left to visit Aulis; and the tenderness of that reminiscence transforms her complete temper. She forgets her thirst for revenge, acquits Artemis, acknowledges that homicide is evil; and concludes that human sacrifice only displays the barbarity of these who guidance it. After the choral ode, because the strangers are led in, the refrain echo her idea – that such barbarity distinguishes Taurians from Greeks. it truly is left to the viewers to recollect that the sacrifice undertaken by means of Agamemnon used to be worse than these which Thoas practises, in that it concerned kin-murder. but Iphigenia, in her disadvantaged and lonely place, understandably depends upon Artemis, and unearths in her priesthood the arrogance which she must have present in her urban if she had one. thoughts of domestic provide her self assurance to claim that the Artemis she serves isn't, both in Hellas or in Taurica, a bloodthirsty god; the boldness to settle on, if to not create, the deity she's going to worship. Her prayer in 1230–33 is finally real piety, simply because its religious foundation isn't any got culture yet a human judgement reached during the event of pain. Euripides can painting actual piety; yet being himself a realist he can't ascribe to it a price it doesn't own. whilst all prayers for support to Apollo and Artemis come to their ultimate try out, whilst Iphigenia stands at the deck of Orestes’ send and states that if Artemis is, as her priestess believes, ‘not evil’, she needs to uphold human criteria: You, goddess, love your personal Brother; think that I too love my nearest relatives! – then eventually it truly is made transparent that piety is a fake advisor. either Agamemnon and Orestes had denied their very own judgement within the identify of piety. If gods can consultant us in ethical perplexity they could retailer us in actual peril; in the event that they can't keep us in actual peril they can't advisor us in ethical perplexity. Apollo, the Messenger studies, used to be as heedless, or powerless, as Artemis; and the send drove helplessly to the shore and to the great destiny promised through Thoas.