. Death and Resurrection in Euripides’ <i>Bacchae</i>

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Death and Resurrection in Euripides’ Bacchae

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This chapter examines a play about the unsettling introduction into Greece from the East of the Bacchae (the followers of Dionysus), which is included in his final dramatic trilogy, produced posthumously for him in Athens. It observes that the Dionysian cult had become, in Athens, so tame that it could be trusted to preside over the most productive theater of which we know. It further observes that the cult's vitality, as well as that of a remarkably sophisticated Athens, may have developed on deep-rooted passions that had long been harnessed, not eliminated. It notes that such harnessing could even take the form of representing a “death” which somehow had the capacity of a “resurrection.”

Keywords: Greece; Euripides; Bacchae; Dionysus; Athens; Dionysian cult; death; resurrection

Chapter.  2657 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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