Classical Mythology. the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and sister of Orestes and Electra: when she was about to be sacrificed to ensure a wind to take the Greek ships to Troy, she was saved by Artemis, whose priestess she became.
a female given name.
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How to use Iphigenia in a sentence
Ulysses was then sent to Mycenæ, to carry the beautiful Iphigenia to bleed on the altar of Diana.The Mysteries of All Nations | James Grant
She was a constant visitant at all public places, and in 1742 appeared at a masked ball in the character of Iphigenia.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
Meanwhile, the Iphigenia, close behind, had been equally successful under more difficult conditions.The Heroic Record of the British Navy | Archibald Hurd
His translation of the Iphigenia in Tauris is mentioned in several letters.The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius | Jean Lvesque de Burigny
Death not unearned, nor yet a novelty in this house; Let him make talk in hell concerning Iphigenia.Instigations | Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for Iphigenia
Greek myth the daughter of Agamemnon, taken by him to be sacrificed to Artemis, who saved her life and made her a priestess
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Cultural definitions for Iphigenia
In classical mythology, the eldest daughter of Agamemnon and the sister of Electra and Orestes. When the Greek fleet was about to sail to fight in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War), Agamemnon sacrificed Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis to obtain favorable winds. According to some stories, Artemis saved Iphigenia from the sacrifice, and she was later reunited with Orestes.
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