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Pentheus Monsters Thebes

Micaela Janan

in Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199556922
eISBN:
9780191721021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556922.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how King Pentheus tries to address Thebes' social breakdown into Bacchanalia with an absurd harangue, exhorting his frenzied subjects to forsake the new god in favour of another ... More


Reflections in a Serpent's Eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Micaela Janan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199556922
eISBN:
9780191721021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556922.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Ovid's extraordinary story of Thebes' founding and bloody unravelling spans Books 2 and 3 of his epic poem, the Metamorphoses. His bizarre refractions of the well‐ordered community mirror Ovid's own ... More


What ought the Thebans to have done?

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter asks why the Thebans, and especially their royal family, are made to suffer so terribly by Dionysus in Euripides' Bacchae. Pentheus' tyrannical behaviour and his evidence-proof hatred ... More


Interlude: Ambiguity, Order, and Deity

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

in Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Experience, and Ambiguity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915262
eISBN:
9780199980215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This interlude illustrates the problems of ambiguity by comparing the figures of Pentheus in The Bacchae and Job in the Bible. Both characters try to clarify categories—those of order for Pentheus ... More


Pentheus and Teiresias

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0024
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Teiresias's attempt to convince Pentheus to accept Dionysism. In the first part of his appeal to Pentheus, before the king orders his men to destroy Teiresias's religious seat, ... More


Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0025
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Dionysus's revenge in the fist round of his attack on Thebes, during which he plays the role of man, perfectly simulating man's weakness and in fact counterfeiting his ... More


Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0026
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how Dionysus prepares his revenge against Pentheus using women as his mythical weapons. Dionysus invites Pentheus to listen to the Messenger's account of the miraculous deeds ... More


Initiation and Sacrifice

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0027
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows that Dionysus carries out his revenge against Pentheus by driving him mad so that he will consent to being initiated into the Bacchic rites. In Bacchae, Pentheus passes through a ... More


Victory and Defeat

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0028
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Euripides's polemical representation of the anthropomorphic divine characters and the distressing vision of the failure of the state in Bacchae. More specifically, it shows that ... More


Feminized Males in Bakchai: The Importance of Discrimination

Richard Buxton

in Myths and Tragedies in their Ancient Greek Contexts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199557615
eISBN:
9780191752209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557615.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

This chapter discusses an aspect of the treatment of gender in Euripides' Bakchai, namely the concept of feminization. Themes explored include the feminization of Zeus as ‘mother’; the scene in which ... More


“Out Like a Lion”: Melancholia

Bonnie Honig

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0017
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter treats von Trier’s Melancholia as a reception of Euripides’ Bacchae, a world-ending tragedy in which women leave their work to worship a hypnotic foreign god and are bewitched by strange ... More


Narratology and Drama: Euripides, Bacchae 1043–1152 (The Death of Pentheus)

J. F. de Jong Irene

in Narratology and Classics: A Practical Guide

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199688692
eISBN:
9780191808562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199688692.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines whether narratology should be applied to drama by offering a narratological close reading of Euripides's Bacchae 1043–1152 (The Death of Pentheus). Some narratologists, such as ... More


Ovid’s Bacchic Helmsman and Homeric Hymn 7

John F. Miller

in The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198728788
eISBN:
9780191795510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This paper investigates Ovid’s telling of the story of Dionysus and the Tyrrhenian pirates from Homeric Hymn 7, which in Metamorphoses 3 he folds into his version of Pentheus vs Bacchus at Thebes. ... More


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