Iphigenia

Greek - Daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Sister of Chrysothemis, Electra, and Orestes. In some accounts, Iphigenia is a later name for Iphianassa. Others say that she was Helen's daughter by Theseus, raised by Clytemnestra. In one story she was sacrificed by Agamemnon so that the winds which were keeping the Greek fleet, ready to sail for Troy, confined to harbour would abate. In another version, Artemis substituted a deer (a bear or a calf in other stories) on the altar and spirited Iphigenia away to the land of the Taurians where she became a priestess of a cult which sacrificed all prisoners to a wooden image of the goddess, said to have fallen from the sky. She was there when Orestes and Pylades arrived to seize this sacred image of Artemis. She recognised Orestes as her brother and deceived the king, Thoas, who had captured the newcomers, into releasing them and they escaped with the sacred image, taking Iphigenia back to Mycenae with them. It is said that Artemis made her immortal as Hecate the Younger and that she married Achilles. In some accounts, she is regarded as the daughter of Theseus, in others she is the same as Chrysopelia. Also referred to as Iphigenia, Chrysothemis, Chrysothemis, Hecate the Younger, Hecate the Younger, Iphegenaia, Iphegenaia, Iphegeneia, Iphegeneia, Iphianassa or Iphianassa.

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