Man Is His Fate

In Greek tragedies, proud men and women roll their lives like dice against the gods and lose. Man proposes but fate disposes. Euripides, the most skeptical and psychologically minded of the classic tragedians, recognized that man is sometimes his own worst fate. Iphigenia in Aulis, presented last week at Manhattan's Circle in the Square in a translation by Minos Volanakis, shows men and women undoing themselves through ambition, power, lust, fear, guile and egocentric arrogance. At its heart, however, the play is a Grecian urn of tears, an...

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