History Theatre / Bacchae

2nd Jun '16 1:10:44 PM Morgenthaler
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''Bacchae'' is a Greek tragedy composed by {{Euripides}} and performed posthumously at the Theatre of Dionysus in 405 BC, where it and the accompanying tragedies won first prize.

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''Bacchae'' is a Greek tragedy composed by {{Euripides}} Creator/{{Euripides}} and performed posthumously at the Theatre of Dionysus in 405 BC, where it and the accompanying tragedies won first prize.
3rd May '15 6:42:21 PM nombretomado
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* BigScrewedUpFamily: Pentheus and Dionysus are cousins. Pentheus [[{{Foreshadowing}} also mentions another cousin]], [[ClassicalMythology Actaeon]], in the play.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: Pentheus and Dionysus are cousins. Pentheus [[{{Foreshadowing}} also mentions another cousin]], [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Actaeon]], in the play.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pentheus himself mentions [[ClassicalMythology his cousin, Actaeon]], and Cadmus reminds his grandson of Actaeon's horrible fate for challenging a goddess.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pentheus himself mentions [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology his cousin, Actaeon]], and Cadmus reminds his grandson of Actaeon's horrible fate for challenging a goddess.



* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Is foreshadowed a few times in the play by mentions of [[ClassicalMythology Actaeon]], and finally happens to Pentheus.

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* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Is foreshadowed a few times in the play by mentions of [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Actaeon]], and finally happens to Pentheus.
25th Apr '15 5:13:30 PM Sharysa
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* FoeYay: Pentheus seems a bit too obsessed with Dionysus at times. Other times he outright hits on him.
** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Dionysus and Pentheus had an AlmostKiss that wasn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Dionysus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to ''the one that Dionysus is wearing''.



* RealitySubtext: The play was written and performed during a time when Athens was suffering the worst effects of the Peloponnesian War and Athens itself was suffering under both a devastating plague that was decimating the population and a Spartan NavalBlockade that was starving it. Many Athenians felt that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution the gods must be very pissed off]] and decided that the [[TheScapegoat sophists, who had questioned the existence of the gods, were to blame]] (this bad feeling towards sophists and philosophy in general indirectly resulted in the execution of Creator/{{Socrates}} for, among other things, impiety). It's hard not to see evidence of this sentiment in characters constantly chastising Pentheus for being "clever, but not wise" and the punishment he receives for his blasphemy.
6th Feb '14 11:31:17 AM Tallens
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* RealitySubtext: The play was written and performed during a time when Athens was suffering the worst effects of the Peloponnesian War and Athens itself was suffering under both a devastating plague that was decimating the population and a Spartan naval blockade that was starving it. Many Athenians felt that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution the gods must be very pissed off]] and decided that the [[TheScapegoat sophists, who had questioned the existence of the gods, were to blame]] (this bad feeling towards sophists and philosophy in general indirectly resulted in the execution of Creator/{{Socrates}} for, among other things, impiety). It's hard not to see evidence of this sentiment in characters constantly chastising Pentheus for being "clever, but not wise" and the punishment he receives for his blasphemy.

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* RealitySubtext: The play was written and performed during a time when Athens was suffering the worst effects of the Peloponnesian War and Athens itself was suffering under both a devastating plague that was decimating the population and a Spartan naval blockade NavalBlockade that was starving it. Many Athenians felt that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution the gods must be very pissed off]] and decided that the [[TheScapegoat sophists, who had questioned the existence of the gods, were to blame]] (this bad feeling towards sophists and philosophy in general indirectly resulted in the execution of Creator/{{Socrates}} for, among other things, impiety). It's hard not to see evidence of this sentiment in characters constantly chastising Pentheus for being "clever, but not wise" and the punishment he receives for his blasphemy.
5th Jan '14 3:49:18 AM thepaper
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** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Bacchus and Pentheus had an AlmostKiss that wasn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Bacchus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to ''the one that Bacchus is wearing''.

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** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Bacchus Dionysus and Pentheus had an AlmostKiss that wasn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Bacchus, Dionysus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to ''the one that Bacchus Dionysus is wearing''.
5th Jan '14 3:48:52 AM thepaper
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** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Bacchus and Pentheus have an AlmostKiss and it isn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Bacchus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to the one that Bacchus is wearing.

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** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Bacchus and Pentheus have had an AlmostKiss and it isn't that wasn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Bacchus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to the ''the one that Bacchus is wearing.wearing''.
5th Jan '14 3:47:06 AM thepaper
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* FoeYay: Pentheus seems a bit too obsessed with Dionysus at times. Other times he outright hits on him.

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* FoeYay: Pentheus seems a bit too obsessed with Dionysus at times. Other times he outright hits on him. him.
** Someone in charge of a 2013 Greek production of the play seems to agree, because the subtext was heavy enough that Bacchus and Pentheus have an AlmostKiss and it isn't even the most blatant part. That honor surely goes to the scene where Bacchus, preparing Pentheus to go among the maenads, slowly dresses him in a wedding gown, complete with a stefana (entwined garlands worn by a newlywed bride and groom) - joined to the one that Bacchus is wearing.
30th Dec '13 3:58:43 PM TastySauce
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The play follows the young god of wine and ecstasy Dionysus' return to Thebes, where most of his mortal family -- his grandfather Cadmus, his aunts (Ino, Agave, and Autonoe) and his cousin Pentheus -- have denied his divinity, claiming instead that their sister Semele was [[BoltOfDivineRetribution killed by Zeus]] for pretending he was the father of her illegitimate child, who in reality Zeus rescued, raised and deified. Dionysus is enraged by this insult to him and his mother, and seeks revenge against the whole city.

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The play follows the young god of wine and ecstasy Dionysus' return to Thebes, where most of his mortal family -- his grandfather Cadmus, his aunts (Ino, Agave, and Autonoe) and his cousin Pentheus -- have openly denied his divinity, claiming instead that their sister Semele was [[BoltOfDivineRetribution killed by Zeus]] for pretending he was the father of her illegitimate child, who in reality Zeus rescued, raised and deified. Dionysus is enraged by this insult to him and his mother, and seeks revenge against the whole city.



Pentheus soon captures Dionysus, who is disguised as a mortal priest, and questions him. Frustrated by his evasive replies, the king has him imprisoned. However, Dionysus quickly escapes, destroying Pentheus' palace as well.

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Pentheus soon captures Dionysus, who is disguised as a mortal priest, and questions him. Frustrated by his evasive replies, the king has him imprisoned. However, Dionysus quickly escapes, destroying Pentheus' palace as well.
with an earthquake.
6th Aug '13 2:24:57 PM Willbyr
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-->--'''Opening lines'''[[hottip:*:(I have come, the child of Zeus, to this land of Thebes. I, Dionysus, whom Semele the daughter of Cadmus once bore, brought forth by the fire of lightning.)]]

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-->--'''Opening lines'''[[hottip:*:(I lines'''[[labelnote:Translation]]I have come, the child of Zeus, to this land of Thebes. I, Dionysus, whom Semele the daughter of Cadmus once bore, brought forth by the fire of lightning.)]]
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13th Feb '13 5:28:31 PM TastySauce
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-->--'''Euripides''', ''Bacchae'', Lines 1-3 [[hottip:*:(I have come, the child of Zeus, to this land of Thebes. I, Dionysus, whom Semele the daughter of Cadmus once bore, brought forth by the fire of lightning.)]]

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-->--'''Euripides''', ''Bacchae'', Lines 1-3 [[hottip:*:(I -->--'''Opening lines'''[[hottip:*:(I have come, the child of Zeus, to this land of Thebes. I, Dionysus, whom Semele the daughter of Cadmus once bore, brought forth by the fire of lightning.)]]
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