The Bacchae of Euripides 1915

The Bacchae of Euripides 1915


The Bacchae of Euripides. By Gilbert Murray, Published by Longmans, Green and Co., New York, 1915.


The Athenian Drama

Translated into English Rhyming Verse with Explanatory Notes.

The Bacchae of Euripides is an ancient Greek tragedy.


The tragedy is based on the Greek myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, and their punishment by the god Dionysus (who is Pentheus's cousin). The god Dionysus appears at the beginning of the play and proclaims that he has arrived in Thebes to avenge the slander, which has been repeated by his aunts, that he is not the son of Zeus.


In response, he intends to introduce Dionysian rites into the city, and he intends to demonstrate to the king, Pentheus, and to Thebes that he was indeed born a god. At the end of the play, Pentheus is torn apart by the women of Thebes and his mother Agave bears his head on a pike to her father Cadmus.

Green cover with gilt title. Secure binding with clean pages, mild vertical spine crease and light spine sun. About 7-12 x 4-3/4 with 94 pages. Nice overall condition.