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The ancient reception of Euripides’ Bacchae from Athens to Byzantium

Mac Góráin, F; Perris, S; (2019) The ancient reception of Euripides’ Bacchae from Athens to Byzantium. In: Mac Góráin, F, (ed.) Dionysus and Rome. Religion and literature. (pp. 39-84). De Gruyter: Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

This chapter offers a reception history of Euripides’ Bacchae from its original production until its intertextual transformation in the Byzantine Christus Patiens. It traces a broad arc from Classical Athens through the Roman Empire, taking in also Hellenistic Alexandria, the Greek-speaking East, Christianity, and Byzantine literature. By examining the cultural contexts and inflections of the different receptions of one poetic text - Greek, Roman and Italian, ‘Eastern’, and Christian - it exposes distinctions between religious or cultural attitudes to Bacchus/ Dionysus across a broad range of Greek and Latin sources. The discussion is divided into four thematic sections, within which receptions are mostly presented in chronological order: Classic Bacchae; Performances; Narratives; and Christian discourse. These sections encompass drama, epic, didactic, epyllion, historiography, biography, epigram, scholarly citations, and theological texts. A selection of the most significant case studies receive in-depth discussion in the body of the chapter; for completeness, the reception history of Bacchae is filled out by listing additional receptions in summary form in an appendix.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The ancient reception of Euripides’ Bacchae from Athens to Byzantium
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-067156-8
DOI: 10.1515/9783110672237-002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110672237-002
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082452
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