Ion by Euripides

"Ion" is a classical Greek tragedy that revolves around themes of identity, fate, and the complexities of family relationships. The play tells the story of a young man, Ion, who serves as an attendant at the temple of Apollo in Delphi. Unbeknownst to him, he is the son of Apollo and Creusa, the queen of Athens. Creusa, having been raped by Apollo and believing her child was dead, comes to the temple seeking answers about her lost son. A series of oracular revelations and dramatic encounters eventually lead to the recognition and reunion of mother and son. The play explores the intervention of the gods in human lives, the nature of legitimacy and inheritance, and the reconciliation of past trauma with present joy.

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Total Points: 96

Since this book was first published in -413, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 96.0.

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