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The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, by François Perrier, between 1632 and 1633
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From Ancient Greek Ἰφιγένεια (Iphigéneia).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Greek mythology) The daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who narrowly escapes sacrifice by her father to ensure the safe journey of the Greeks to Troy.
    • 2007, Amber Jacobs, On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Law of the Mother, page 161,
      If we are convinced by the way the Iphigenia myth reworks and distorts the structure of the Metis myth, then we gain a new understanding of the logic underlying Athena's refusal to acknowledge the crime against Iphigenia.
    • 2008, Allan Brooks, Myths, Games and Conflict, page 8,
      The founding of the sanctuary at Braurona is related to the myths of Iphigenia and her brother, Orestes.
    • 2013, Willie Young, 4: Taking One for the Team: Baseball and Sacrifice, Eric Bronson, William Irwin (editors), Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, page 63,
      One such involuntary sacrifice is found in the story of Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon, the famous Greek king and warrior.

Usage notes[edit]

The story of Iphigenia’s near sacrifice features in Homer’s Iliad and in the play Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides.