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Origin

Iphigenia was the daughter of King Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.[1]

Trojan War

After Agamemnon angered Artemis by boasting about his archery skills during a stag hunt, she sided with the Trojans conjured a storm that trapped the Greek fleet in the port of Aulis.[2]

The seer Calchas stated that the storm would fade off only if he sacrificed his daugter.[2]

Clytemnestra and Iphigenia were tricked to come to Aulis, made to believe by a letter from Agamemnon stating that Iphigenia would marry Achilles, greatest of the Achaean warriors.[1]

While Agamemnon's brother Menelaus asked him to reconsider the sacrifice, Agamemnon remained on his decision, feeling his army would compel him to kill his daughter.[1]

Arriving at Aulis, Iphigenia and Clytemnestra were welcomed by Achilles, who learned the trickery. Achilles was infuriated. During his argument with Agamemnon in the King's tent, Clytemnestra and Iphigenia appeared, learning the truth. While her mother was infuriated as well, and Achilles took Iphigenia under his protection, she accepted her burden, stating she was resolved to die for the sack of Troy.[1]

Agamemnon was the only one she allowed to deliver the killing stroke. At that moment, Artemis intervened, spirited Iphigenia away and removed her with a stag carcass. Artemis then freed the Greek fleet.[1][3]




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