Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

by

Ovid

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Metamorphoses: Book 11: The Punishment of the Maenads Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Bacchus is angry that the women killed Orpheus and decides to punish them. He twists tree roots around their bodies and embeds their toes in the soil. Bark encloses their bodies, and they transform into trees.
The angry women resemble Agave and the other women who participated in Bacchic rites and punished anyone who abstained, but Bacchus hypocritically punishes the women who kill Orpheus.
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