Euripides Bakkhai presents the inner conflict between the untamed, irrational side of man represented by the god Dionysos and the rational side represented by the god Apollo. Meagher offers a rich and revealing introduction to ancient Greek tragedy -- a remarkably appropriate alternative to Sophocles' Oedipus the King.
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2nd MESSENGER actors AGAVE Akhilles ancient Greek Aphrodite Aristotle arms Autonoe Bakkhai Bakkhant Bakkhic Bakkhos beasts become bestial Blessed blood Bromios burst child of Zeus CHORUS cowherd crown curls dance daughters of Kadmos death Dionysian Dionysos's divine drama earth eikasia Ekhion Enter Euripides Exit eyes Father feet fire fluid fool frenzy glens gods grape grief hands head Hektor Herakles holy human hunt illusion KADMOS Oh king Kithairon Kybele leaps lives look loose Lord maenads masks Meagher metamorphosis mind mortals mother mountains nature never oblivion Oedipus the King Olympos once palace Patroklos Pentheus's pine play playwrights Poetics possession revelation revelry rituals Robert Emmet sacred Semele sight someone Sophokles souls spectacle stranger sweet sweet oblivion Teiresias tell theater of Dionysos Thebes things thyrsos Tmolos tragedy translation truth virgin spring vision walk wild wine women words would-be