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Classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
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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.
But here the analogy could take on another meaning, one not mentioned explicitly by Sartre, if we consider that Orpheus misses the opportunity of reclaiming Eurydice from Pluto by looking back, and it is only after being disfigured by the Bacchants that he finally can be reunited with his love.
Where am I going, how do I stumble, bereft of my children, torn apart by these Bacchants of hell?
As the chorus of Bacchants, dark-skinned women wearing veils and layers of dark fabric whirl like dervishes to a world-music soundtrack.
In Poliziano's La fabula, "the frenzy of the Bacchants textually recalls Poliziano's own account of the Pazzi conspiracy" (21), and the play, while not denying the empirical world, "marks the emergence of the world as fable, the world as a language construction" (23).
In the version in the Brussels Musee des Beaux Arts, Silenus is one slide of fluster and ivresse, with a glowing spill of flesh, a drench of toppled wine and a slope of silver hair, caught up in a dithyrambic whirl accentuated by a maenad's tambourine; thronged around by Bacchants who struggle to support his bulk, their double chins slipping agog into their obesity as the maenad dodges a faun's smacking kiss.
[GREEK TEXT OMITTED] (which Lesher capitalizes) in the sense "branches" (carried in honor of Dionysos), but since English "bacchant" can mean only "worshiper of Dionysos," Lesher's "bacchants of pine" is incomprehensible without the commentary.
In the immediate context of the narrative, too, Diomedes sees the story of Lycurgus as having an obvious relevance to himself, as he shows by setting his own refusal to fight against [Mathematical Expression Omitted] (129) against Lycurgus' willingness to do this very thing [Mathematical Expression Omitted] in the same sedes two lines later (the myth is set out in ~ring' form, with the variant [Mathematical Expression Omitted] in the repeated refusal in 141 (14) And Diomedes further shows his understanding of the relevance of the story to his present position on the battlefield by relating the conflict between Lycurgus and the Bacchants in the familiar war-language of the Iliad itself.
Orpheus fails on the very threshold of the world of the living, Eurydice returns to Hades forever, and Orpheus is left to his fate: death at the hands of the Bacchants, the female worshipers of Dionysus.
(20.) Patricia Monaghan cites several explanations for the wildness of the Bacchants, ranging from possession, insanity and criminality, to a theory of the repressed anger of oppressed Greek women that "erupted in occasional furious orgies," to another belief that the Dionysian religion was "an essentially female form of spirituality, a chance for women to enact the divine and horrible roles of goddesses" (187).
Yet, these women were Bacchants, that is, Dionysian orgiasts, and in other versions Dionysus himself directs them to kill Orpheus because the bard, in his devotion to Apollo the sun-god, has prevented the wine-god's acceptance in Thrace.
Euripides ' play The Bacchants tells the story of Dionysus ' gory triumph over Pentheus, king of Thebes.