"Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play." "Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai examines both the horror and the beauty of the religious ecstasy that Dionysos brings to Thebes. His offer of closeness to nature and freedom from the constraints of civilization, especially for women, excites bitter resistance as well as fanatical acceptance." "Disguised as a young holy man and accompanied by his band of Asian worshipers, the god Dionysos arrives in Greece at Thebes, proclaims his godhood and his new religion, and drives the Theban women mad. When the Theban king, Pentheus, tries to imprison him, Dionysos afflicts Pentheus himself with madness and leads him, dressed as a bacchant, to the mountains, where his own mother, Agaue, and her companions tear him to pieces in an insane Bacchic frenzy." "In its balance of emotional intensity and classic form, Bakkhai exemplifies Greek tragedy at its most powerful." --Book Jacket.
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Aeschylus Agaue Agaue's lament Aktaion ancient Greek Antigone antistrophe Aphrodite associated Athens Autonoe Bacchae bacchants Bakkhai Bakkhic Bakkhos barbarian beast birth blessed body bring Bromios bull child chorus chorus's Christus Patiens cult dance daughter of Kadmos death Dion Dionysiac Dionysiac worship Dionysos divine Dodds dramatic dress E. R. Dodds earth ecstasy ecstatic Ekhion English epiphany Euripides exile father fawn skin female festivals god's goddess gods Greece Greek tragedy Hades hands head Hera holy honor hunt Kadmos killed king Kithairon lacuna lines Lydian madness maenads male manuscript Messenger's speech meter mortal mother Mount Kithairon mountain mysteries myth nature Oedipus palace passage Pentheus physis play Poetics punishment reference revels Rhea rites ritual role royal house scene Seaford SECOND MESSENGER Semele sing sisters song Sophocles sparagmos stage stasimon Stranger strophe suffer Teiresias Theban Thebes thyrsos translation vases wild wine women words young ysos Zeus