10 - Pentheus and Dionysus Pentheus, king of Thebes, doesnt...

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Pentheus and Dionysus Pentheus, king of Thebes, doesn’t believe that Dionysus is a god Making the women go crazy He was obsessed with the long hair, feminimity of Dionysus Great deal of lament- how harsh this punishment has been Cadmus gets confused too Exiles Cadmus and Agave Justice- in the end Cadmus says aren’t you being too harsh? For him to ask that is unusual Dion says- you suffered because of what you did Gods’ own justice- is there such a thing? Piety- better obey just in case he’s a god Is it really just believing in anything gods tell you to do? Dionysus says yes Addressing human concerns about what you do for the gods- what if it seems too harsh? Dionysus says can’t do anything Dozens of practicing mortals getting this lesson by watching play Pentheus’ own fault by having weird obsession with sex- Pentheus’ own mind creating something crazy that’s not there Dionysus says that he’s really seeing things This is the idea of wine- power of Dionysus over the wine Agave goes overboard with her worship- kills person instead of animal- but this is because of Dionysus’ wine creating altered state “The golden mean”- everything in moderation The pharmakos- ritualistic way of getting rid of a city’s troubles- Dionysus originated custom, explaining this Story of Thebes, continued Cadmus’ son- Polydorus
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