Iphigenia


Asteroid 112, Iphigenia, was discovered on September 19, 1870 by CHP Peters at Clinton, New York. It has a period of 3 years, 302 days and is about 3 3/5 miles in diameter.

It was named for Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. When the Greek army was stuck at Aulis, unable to sail to Troy because of contrary winds, the diviner Kalchas said that Artemis was keeping them from sailing because Agamemnon had angered Artemis by killing a stag she liked, and so in order to appease her, he had to sacrifice Iphigenia. Reluctantly, Agamemnon had Iphigenia brought to Aulis under the ruse of a marriage, and just as Agamemnon was about to bring down the knife, Artemis snatched Iphigenia off to Tauris (the Crimea) and put a stag in her place as the sacrificial victim. However, her mother, believing her dead, took a lover, Aegisthus, in Agamemnon's absence and they murdered him when he returned home. Iphigenia was later reunited with her brother Orestes when he came to Tauris on a quest. The story of Iphigenia bears some resemblance to the story of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac in Judeo-Christian tradition (Ishmael in Islamic tradition).

Iphigenie (1871) by German painter Anselm Feuerbach


Astrologically, the influence of asteroid Iphigenia seems to be: victimization, test of faith or obedience, betrayal, misunderstanding, sacrifice.



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