CLAS 131 Notes 26

CLAS 131 Notes 26 - CLAS 131 Notes 26 Myth and Religion...

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CLAS 131 Notes 26 Myth and Religion Euripides, Bacchae Be able to: - analyze specific connections between the myth of Dionysus and Pentheus, as presented in Euripedes’ Bacchae , and the actual cult of Dionysus in ancient Greece, in terms of both its origin and its rituals Myth and Cult in Euripedes’ Bacchae The myth of Dionysus and Pentheus has been though to explain the Greek cult of Dionysus in two respects: - historical: the origin of the cult (Dionysus as a ‘foreign’ god) - theological: the meaning and development of particular cult practices (maenads; ‘eating the god’) Dionysus as a Foreign God Dionysus (13-17) After leaving the gold-rich fields of the Lydians and Phrygians, I moved on to Persia’s sun-parched plateaux and Bactra’s walls and the bleak land of the Medes and opulent Arabia and all of Asia Minor…. L. R. Farnell, The Cults of the Greek States , vol. 5 (1909) 85-6: ‘The Homeric poems reveal only a glimmer of his personality and cult; he plays no ancestral part in the early genealogies, and certain communities preserved a tradition of his late arrival and the opposition that his rites provoked. In the face of these facts… the theory that he was of Thrako-Phrygian origin… appears to be generally accepted.’ Long standing theory in late 19 th /early 20 th centuries Cult thought to have originated in Asia Minor or Thrace, and entered Greece in Early Iron Age (10 th , 9 th , or even 8 th century BCE) Interprets the myth retold by Euripedes in Bacchae to be the reflection of a historical fact Wrong!! -
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