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maenad

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Classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
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However, in their position on the floor and confined to the borders, the maenads remained securely under foot.
In the Bacchae, Euripides has the maenads rip a bull to pieces: impossible, but very dramatic.
Pottery art shows the maenads dancing to these songs, with heads and arms raised and bodies twisted as they move forward.
In addition, the use of the term "Maenad" underscores Carlyle's perception of the abnormal behavior of the French women, as The Oxford Classical Dictionary states that the Maenads "More than any other figure .
To Callirrhoe's father, Cephalus, the gender-bending behavior of the Maenads threatens to undermine civilized behavior in Calydon:
When the Maenads tear Orpheus limb from limb, they throw his head out into the river.
And despite the pleas of the Maenads, Apollo turns "his beauteous face/Haughtily another way" (2.
The dancing of the maenads was diametrically opposed to the codified ballroom dance; thus, it serves as an appropriate model for women writers who sought to liberate the act of dancing from the confines of the Victorian ballroom.
The "mismanagement of the tides" has victimized both sexes, though here the maenads triumph and destroy the god.
4), and spends far more time describing the maenads who punish the faun than the faun who appears at the center of the drawing.
Some say the Maenads destroyed him, taking revenge,
What was his impious sin, That the Maenads have ceased from pursuing Cattle, with leaps and din, To compass him round, On woodland ground, With cords and faces dire,-- Cords fastened with strain, Faces hate-stretched?