The Bacchae

by

Euripides

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The Palace

The palace in Thebes initially symbolizes King Pentheus’ authority but eventually highlights his vulnerability instead. The palace is the center of Pentheus’ kingly power; it’s where he directs his kingdom according to his whims…

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Thyrsus

The thyrsus is an essential part of Dionysian costume and has several layers of symbolic significance. It is a tall rod that the Bacchae hold in one hand, usually made from fennel, wrapped with ivy…

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Hair

The ancient Greeks traditionally depict Dionysus’ human form as an effeminately beautiful young man, and hair was often grown long as a tribute to the gods. Thus, Dionysus’ long and luscious hair emphasizes his…

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