Roughly two centuries after Ptolemy's Dionysian celebration, similar role-playing greeted Antony upon his arrival in Asia at Ephesos, where women dressed as bacchantes and men as satyrs.
Fabius Gallus, for buying unsuitable art works, among them statues of bacchantes.
conveys so much about the picture: the departure of Theseus's ship, Ariadne's half-flight, the speed of the chariot now halted, and Bacchus's leap from it, the avid stream of Bacchantes
through the forest, the carrying-off of Ariadne by the precipitate god.
The men launched into a hornpipe; flamenco was suggested in John Heginbotham's sweeping arms and piston feet, and there were moments of tender poetry, notably when the women linked arms for "Through Gilded Trellises," cavorting like pre-Raphaelite bacchantes
In what is surely nothing but a convenient folk-etymology (though see Hort 1877: 175), Filastrius, Diversarum hereseon liber 75 links the name of the Ascodrugitae instead with [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'wineskin', stating that the people in question dance wildly around such an object: Alii sunt iterum Ascodrugitae in Galatia, qul utrem inflantes ponunt et cooperiunt in sua ecciesia et circumeunt eum insanientes potius et bacchantes
(note that Filastrius differentiates between the Ascodrugitae and the Possalorinchitae, as he calls them in the very next section, 76).
As in the Greek myth, the Bacchantes
(personified in the film as a group of feminist intellectuals) and jealous poets stone Orphee to death.
Les femmes, les oubliees, parce que sans ecriture, forment de la procession funebre, les nouvelles Bacchantes
Orpheus was not worse treated by the bacchantes
," he confided to his editor, Friedrich Melchior Grimm, "than I would be by our painters.
I believe Orpheus mirrors Williams's tragic-romantic view of his own life and desires -- a genius with a song to sing who loses his wife, Eurydice (possibly Williams's sister, Rose), descends into Hades to retrieve her, escapes but leaves her behind, and finally, although he has avoided the clutch of Hades, is ultimately torn to shreds by the sex-starved Bacchantes
, who hate him for spurning all other women: artist, hero, secret incestuous lover, a thwarted romantic victim, despised and sacrificed because of his sexual preference.
Despite the presence of bacchantes
and the references to wine, the bacchanalian aspect of the scene is greatly subdued, reducing the feeling of revelry and reecklessness.
For instance, Steven Caras took this turbulent photograph of Peter Martins about to be dismembered by furious bacchantes
in Orpheus in 1982--just about the time Martins became co-ballet master in chief, was responsible for casting, and found himself being pulled every which way.
Each ad features one of two signature pieces from the Lalique collection: Chrysis, a kneeling female nude originally designed as a hood ornament in 1931, or Bacchantes
, a 1927 Rene Lalique vase encircled with dancing nymphs.