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A Dramatic Heist of Epic Proportion: Euripides' Iphigenia among the Taurians in the Acts of the Apostles

Bilby, Mark G.; Lefteratou, Anna

While scholars have explored the profound influence of Euripides’ Iphigenia among the Taurians (IT) on Greco-Roman fiction, including Christian apocryphal Acts, the play has yet to be considered seriously as a potential inspiration on the canonical Acts of the Apostles.  A close comparison of Euripides’ IT with the story of the Ephesian riot (Acts 19.21–20.1) reveals a compelling relationship in matters of plot, setting, characterization, purpose, and themes.

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