By Euripides, Reginald Gibbons, Charles Segal

ISBN-10: 0195125983

ISBN-13: 9780195125986

Seemed through many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai is a strong exam of spiritual ecstasy and the resistance to it. a choice for moderation, it rejects the temptation of natural cause in addition to natural sensuality, and is a staple of Greek tragedy, representing in constitution and thematics an exemplary version of the vintage tragic elements.Disguised as a tender holy guy, the god Bacchus arrives in Greece from Asia proclaiming his godhood and preaching his orgiastic faith. He expects to be embraced in Thebes, however the Theban king, Pentheus, forbids his humans to worship him and attempts to have him arrested. Enraged, Bacchus drives Pentheus mad and leads him to the mountains, the place Pentheus' personal mom, Agave, and the ladies of Thebes tear him to items in a Bacchic frenzy.Gibbons, a prize-winning poet, and Segal, a popular classicist, supply a talented new translation of this primary textual content of Greek tragedy.

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It also involves a regression from the role of adult king and warrior to confused adolescent and finally to infantile helplessness before a raging, all-powerful mother. When he capitulates to Dionysos' temptation, he not only yields to a voyeuristic sexuality (of which his mother is, in part, the object) but also moves backward from the status of hoplite warrior—that is, the armor-wearing adult citizen-soldier—to the status of the ephebe. " Hence, when Pentheus is unable to take up those "arms" in 926 and 962-63 and instead agrees to become a spy using guile and concealment on the mountain (955, 1048-50, 1088-89), ne f a ^ s a^ a major point of male generational passage and is fixated at the ephebic stage.

138-141). Agaue must have fit the head to the rest of the corpse and joined Kadmos in piecing the body together and lamenting over it. The scene is unexampled in Greek tragedy, and there is considerable controversy about how it was staged. Agaue's lament, which is almost entirely lost, must have been intensely emotional. Kadmos is more formal as he praises his grandson as the ruler of Thebes who always protected the old man (1491-1505); but the 42. Lines 1316-19, at the end of the strophe, prepare for this anomalous combination of the tears of the funeral dirge and the joyful shout of the victory celebration.

In this quiet and terrible moment the god asserts his power over his antagonist through the mysterious bond that he has always known was there between them. Pentheus surrenders to something in himself as well as in Dionysos. " outside of the regular meter, and then makes the offer that Pentheus cannot resist. With a single word the god exposes and releases all the longings that Pentheus has fought against in himself. In fact, his loss of self-control plays directly into his opponent's hands, for it reveals that emotional vulnerability by which Dionysos will destroy him.

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