The Bacchae Study Questions

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The Bacchae: study questions Who are Dionysus’ parents? Zeus and Semele What is the story of Dionysus’ birth? Dionysus’ mother (Semele) was a mortal, while her father (Zeus) was immortal and the king of all gods. Zeus’ wife at the time, Hera, found out about the affair and was very jealous. Because of this, she put doubtful thoughts in Semele’s head, which caused Semele to persistently ask Zeus to reveal himself to prove that the baby was theirs. He did so, and appeared with lightening. Because she was a mortal, she could not survive the epiphany and was scorched by the flames. Who are Pentheus’ parents? Agave and Echion Who is the founder of Thebes? Cadmus (Agave’s father) What is Dionysus’ relationship to Pentheus? Dionysus was Pentheus’ cousin. Pentheus prohibited the worship of Dionysus, and later imprisoned him. What does the name Pentheus mean? (lines 506-509) “Man of Sorrow” Why does Dionysus punish Thebes? Why specifically does he punish Pentheus’ mother and his aunts? He was angry at the women of Thebes and Pentheus because they did not believe he was
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2009 for the course CLASSICS 40 taught by Professor Erickson during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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