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The Bacchae: Introduction
The Bacchae: Plot Summary
The Bacchae: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Bacchae: Themes
The Bacchae: Quotes
The Bacchae: Characters
The Bacchae: Symbols
The Bacchae: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Euripides
Historical Context of The Bacchae
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- Full Title: The Bacchae
- When Written: Before 410 BC
- Where Written: Macedonia
- When Published: First performed in 405 BC
- Literary Period: Ancient Greek Tragedy
- Genre: Greek Tragedy
- Setting: Thebes, Greece
- Climax: Entranced by the god Dionysus, Agave murders her son, King Pentheus, thinking him to be a lion.
- Antagonist: Pentheus
Extra Credit for The Bacchae
Posthumous Award. The Bacchae was first performed because of the efforts of Euripides’ son, who organized the play’s (winning) entry into the “Dionysia” theater festival after his father’s death.
Greek Gods and Fried Chicken. Euripides’ play has lent itself well to a varied range of interpretations and re-writes—a recent play performed in London, Dennis of Penge, reinvents Dionysus as the owner of a south London fried chicken shop.