Bacchae Modern Scholarship



  • Dressing as a maenad, Pentheus seems to give up his own identity
  • It might be easier for a mortal audience to sympathise with another mortal, even an unpleasant one, rather than with a god who cannot die or be hurt
  • God's potential for destruction
  • His punishment for Pentheus will be so vicious
  • Easily the god destroys him
  • He will recognise Dionysus, and his death will be a convincing demonstration of the god's power
  • Her punishment is not only complete when the divine madness is withdrawn from her but when she realises what she has done
  • Terrifying [Dionysus]
  • Even when


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