Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai is a powerful examination of religious ecstasy and the resistance to it. A call for moderation, it rejects the temptation of pure reason as well as pure sensuality, and is a staple of Greek tragedy, representing in structure and thematics anexemplary model of the classic tragic elements.Disguised as a young holy man, the god Bacchus arrives in Greece from Asia proclaiming his godhood and preaching his orgiastic religion. He expects to be embraced in Thebes, but the Theban king, Pentheus, forbids his people to worship him and tries to have him arrested. Enraged, Bacchus drivesPentheus mad and leads him to the mountains, where Pentheus' own mother, Agave, and the women of Thebes tear him to pieces in a Bacchic frenzy.Gibbons, a prize-winning poet, and Segal, a renowned classicist, offer a skilled new translation of this central text of Greek tragedy.
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Actaeon AGAVE KADMOS AGAVE AGAVE LEADER AGAVE Agave's animal Asia Asopus Athens Autonoe Bakkhai Bakkhic Bakkhos barbarian beast blessed body bull child Cithaeron Cries crown dance daughters Dionysian Dionysian cults Dionysian religion DIONYSOS PENTHEUS DIONYSOS Dirce divinity dress drums E. R. Dodds earth Echion ecstatic Euripides face fawnskin fight flesh Frederich Nietzsche fury give glory god's goddess Greece Greek green wand grief hair hands hear Hera Herdsman hold holy hounds hunt KADMOS AGAVE KADMOS killed king Korybantes LEADER AGAVE LEADER lightning live look maenads mankind messenger mind mother mountain murder pack palace peace PENTHEUS DIONYSOS PENTHEUS Phrygia Phrygia and Lydia Pieria play play's punish rage ritual running sacred Semele Semele's sexual sisters snake sparagmos stranger sweet tell Theban Thebes thiasos thigh thyrsos Tiresias Tmolus translation tryphan W. K. C. Guthrie wear wild wine wisdom women word worshipper young Zeus