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Character Description
Dionysus Dionysus, god of wine, theater, nature, and madness, is the son of a mortal, Semele, and the god, Zeus. He is also called Bacchus and Bromius. Read More
Cadmus Cadmus, father of Semele and Agave and grandfather of Dionysus and Pentheus, is now an old man who believes Dionysus is a god who should be worshipped. Read More
Pentheus Pentheus, the new ruler of Thebes, son of Agave, and cousin of Dionysus, is determined to deny Dionysus's divinity. Read More
Agave Agave is the daughter of Cadmus, sister of Dionysus's mother, Semele, and mother of the young king, Pentheus. Read More
Tiresias Tiresias, a blind prophet, is Cadmus's friend, and both old men believe in the new Dionysian religion. They try to warn young Pentheus to believe as the common citizens believe. Read More
Chorus The chorus are the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus Leader The chorus leader is the main speaker of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 1 Chorus 1 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 2 Chorus 2 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 3 Chorus 3 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 4 Chorus 4 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 5 Chorus 5 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 6 Chorus 6 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 7 Chorus 7 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 8 Chorus 8 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Chorus 9 Chorus 9 is one of the Bacchae, Dionysius's followers.
Guards and attendants The guards and attendants are Pentheus's men.
Messenger The messenger is a cattle herder who tells Pentheus about the Bacchae's violent behavior on Mount Cithaeron and neighboring villages.
Second messenger The second messenger, one of Pentheus's servants, tells the story of how the Bacchae ripped Pentheus apart, mistaking him for a lion, and he scolds the chorus for being happy Pentheus is dead.
Small crowd The small crowd is made up of Theban citizens.
Soldier The soldier, one of Pentheus's men, tells about how the chains miraculously fell from the Bacchae when they were jailed by Pentheus.
Women The women are Agave's attendants.
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