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Author: Euripides, Reginald Gibbons, Charles Segal (eds)
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2000
Paperback; ISBN: 9780195125986
Volumes: 1; Pages: 160
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Euripides's Bakkhai is a staple of Greek tragedy and in structure and thematics offers an exemplary model of the classic tragic elements.Pentheus, King of Thebes, refuses to recognize the god Dionysus or permit Thebeans to worship him. Enraged, Dionysus drives Pentheus mad, making him cross-dress as a maenad. Then when he sends him to worship the god he has spurned, his mother, Agave, mistakes him for a wild beast and rips him to shreds.Gibbons, a prize-winning poet, and Segal, a renowned classicist, are well-suited to take on this central text of Greek tragedy. This edition includes an introduction, a new translation, notes on the text, and a complete glossary.