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The Bacchae of Euripides   By: (480? BC - 406 BC)

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BACCHAE

THE ATHENIAN DRAMA FOR ENGLISH READERS

A Series of Verse Translations of the Greek Dramatic Poets, with Commentaries and Explanatory Notes.

Crown 8vo, cloth, gilt top, 7s. 6d. each net. Each Volume Illustrated from ancient Sculptures and Vase Painting.

AESCHYLUS: The Orestean Trilogy. By Prof. G. C. Warr. With an Introduction on The Rise of Greek Tragedy , and 13 Illustrations.

SOPHOCLES: OEdipus Tyrannus and Coloneus , and Antigone . By Prof. J. S. Phillimore. With an Introduction on Sophocles and his Treatment of Tragedy , and 16 Illustrations.

EURIPIDES: Hippolytus ; Bacchae ; Aristophanes' 'Frogs.' By Prof. Gilbert Murray. With an Appendix on The Lost Tragedies of Euripides , and an Introduction on The Significance of the Bacchae in Athenian History , and 12 Illustrations. [ Third Edition.

ALSO UNIFORM WITH THE ABOVE

THE HOMERIC HYMNS. A New Prose Rendering by Andrew Lang, with Essays Critical and Explanatory, and 14 Illustrations.

THE PLAYS OF EURIPIDES

Translated into English Rhyming Verse, with Explanatory Notes, by Prof. Gilbert Murray. Crown 8vo, cloth, 2s. each net.

The Trojan Women. Electra.

Hippolytus. Fifth Edition. } Bacchae. Second Edition. } Paper Covers, Impl. The Trojan Women. } 16mo, 1s. each net Electra. }

THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH RHYMING VERSE WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES BY

GILBERT MURRAY, M.A., LL.D.

EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF GREEK IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW; SOMETIME FELLOW OF NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD

SECOND EDITION

LONDON GEORGE ALLEN, 156, CHARING CROSS ROAD

One Shilling Net.

1906 [All rights reserved]

THE BACCHAE

CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY

DIONYSUS, THE GOD; son of Zeus and of the Theban princess Semelê . CADMUS, formerly King of Thebes, father of Semelê . PENTHEUS, King of Thebes, grandson of Cadmus . AGÂVÊ, daughter of Cadmus, mother of Pentheus . TEIRESIAS, an aged Theban prophet . A SOLDIER OF PENTHEUS' GUARD. TWO MESSENGERS. A CHORUS OF INSPIRED DAMSELS, following Dionysus from the East.

" The play was first produced after the death of Euripides by his son, who bore the same name, together with the 'Iphigenîa in Aulis' and the 'Alcmaeon,' probably in the year 405 B.C."

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THE BACCHAE

The background represents the front of the Castle of PENTHEUS, King of Thebes. At one side is visible the sacred Tomb of Semelê, a little enclosure overgrown with wild vines, with a cleft in the rocky floor of it from which there issues at times steam or smoke. The God DIONYSUS is discovered alone .

DIONYSUS.

Behold, God's Son is come unto this land Of Thebes, even I, Dionysus, whom the brand Of heaven's hot splendour lit to life, when she Who bore me, Cadmus' daughter Semelê, Died here. So, changed in shape from God to man, I walk again by Dirce's streams and scan Ismenus' shore. There by the castle side I see her place, the Tomb of the Lightning's Bride, The wreck of smouldering chambers, and the great Faint wreaths of fire undying as the hate Dies not, that Hera held for Semelê... Continue reading book >>




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