Euripides | Critical Essay by Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 59 pages of analysis & critique of Euripides.
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Critical Essay by Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

SOURCE: Thomas G. Rosenmeyer, "Bacchae and Ion: Tragedy and Religion," in The Masks of Tragedy: Essays on Six Greek Dramas, University of Texas Press, 1963, pp. 103-52.

In the following essay, Rosenmeyer questions whether Bacchae and Ion are "religious tragedies in the proper sense of the word" and concludes that the plays express very different attitudes about the relationship between gods and men.

Appear, in the shape of a bull or a many
 headed
serpent, or lion breathing fire!
Come, Bacchus, and with laughing face
coil the deadly rope around the huntsman
of the Bacchae, to be trodden under by the
      women's stampede!

Thus the chorus, immediately before the messenger enters to describe the death of Pentheus (1017). The invocation is significant on many counts; for...

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