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The Bacchae Summary

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The Bacchae Summary


Euripides was more than seventy years old and living in self-imposed exile in King Archelaus's court in Macedonia when he created The Bacchae, just before his death in 406 B.C. The play was produced the following year at the City Dionysia in Athens, where it was awarded the prize for best tragedy. Ever since, The Bacchae has occupied a special place among Greek dramas and particularly among the eighteen surviving plays of Euripides. It was a favorite of the Romans in the centuries following the decline of the Greek Empire. It persisted through the "dark ages" of Medieval Europe and was among the first classical plays translated into vernacular languages during the Renaissance. Alongside Medea and Sophocles's Oedipus the King (also known as Oedipus Rex) it is one of the most produced ancient plays of the twentieth century.

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