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CLCV 1002 Lecture Notes - Chthonic, Mount Olympus


Department
Classical Civilization
Course Code
CLCV 1002
Professor
J.J.Gahan

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Terms 9 --- 131129
The Bacchae
Dionysus = Bacchus
Dionysus is the main character in the story
This play is the first time that a God appears as not only a God talking to the audience but also as a character (the
stranger)
Tiresias
He is a profit of Thebes
He is advisor of king Camus
He warns Pentheus not to make Dionysus angry
Cadmus
He is the old king of Thebes
He had two daughters
oSemele, had an affair with Zeus and is the mother of Dionysus
oAgave, marries Echion, mother of Pentheus
Agave/Agaue
Mother of Pentheus
She will join the Bacchae’s and worship the God Dionysus
She kills her son Pentheus when ‘drunk’ by cutting of his head
She leaves the kingdom of Thebes because of what she does
.
Bacchae/Bacchants/Maenads
The female followers of Dionysus
Greek Gods
Olympians; there are 12 Olympians, they are the gods that spend their time on mount Olympus
oZeus
o Athena,
oetc.
Chthonic deities(meaning earth or underworld); they were the gods that spent there time on earth
oDionysus
oHades
oetc.
Eleusinian mysteries
they were celebration that were held for the God
ceremonies for the chthonic Gods
historian are not completely sure what happen during the ritual, hence, mysteries
Dionysian/Dionysiae mysteries
rituals that used intoxicating and trance techniques to liberate the individual to their natural state
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