The Bacchae of Euripides

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University Press, 1900 - Bacchantes - 275 pages

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Martha Nussbaum's excellent introductory discussion of how Euripides examines Greek ideas about moral virtue, together with her well-selected bibliography on Dionysius and studies of The Bacchae, make ... Read full review

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Page xiv - That, which is now a horse, even with a thought, The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct, As water is in water.
Page 136 - Give all thou canst : high Heaven rejects the lore Of nicely calculated less or more...
Page 205 - By no means, sir. Time travels in divers paces with divers persons. I'll tell you who Time ambles withal, who Time trots withal, 3:5 who Time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.
Page lxxvii - In this play he appears, as it were, converted into a positive believer, or, in other words, convinced that religion should not be exposed to the subtilties of reasoning; that the understanding of man cannot subvert ancestral traditions which are as old as time...
Page xiii - Aryan people, whose whole religion was a worship of the wonderful powers and phenomena of nature, had no sooner perceived that this liquid had power to elevate the spirits and produce a temporary frenzy, under the influence of which the individual was prompted to, and capable of, deeds beyond his natural powers, than they found in it something divine...
Page 229 - Bacchae of Euripides concerning Agave. He was receiving much applause, when Sillaces coming to the room, and having made obeisance to the king, threw down the head of Crassus into the midst of the company.
Page lxix - Banquo observing the martlets' nest in every recess of the cornice, remarks, that where those birds most breed and haunt, the air is delicate. The subject of this quiet and easy conversation gives that repose so necessary to the mind after the tupiultuous bustle of the preceding scenes, and perfectly contrasts the scene of horror that immediately succeeds.
Page 230 - Sillakes, standing by the door of the apartment, and making a reverence, threw the head of Crassus before the company. The Parthians clapped their hands with shouts of joy and the attendants, at the command of the king, seated Sillakes, while Jason handed over to one of the members of the chorus the dress of Pentheus, and, laying hold of the head of Crassus, and, putting on the air of a bacchant, he sung these verses with great enthusiasm...
Page xiv - ... described as the offspring of the sky and the rain-cloud, was closely associated with the god of sunshine, Apollo. On the two pediments of the Delphic temple, the art of the sculptor represented the setting of the sun, and the birth of Apollo, together with the forms of Dionysus and his attendant...
Page 228 - No Greek orator could have written such a speech as that of Cicero For Archias or For Publius Sextus. In a Greek speech the main lines of the subject are ever firm ; they are never lost amid the flowers of a picturesque luxuriance. Secondly, wherever pity, terror, anger, % or any passionate feeling is uttered or invited, this tumult is resolved in a final calm ; and where such tumult has place in the peroration, it subsides before the last sentences of all.

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