Classics Literary Tales

The Real Meaning of “The Bacchae” by Euripides

In this episode of Literary Tales we explore and examine Euripides’ most famous play The Bacchae and understand its real meaning: Euripides’ sacrilegious attitude to the gods and his expose of the dangerous gods of the ancient Greeks. It is not a play about “fun loving” Dionysus and “tyrannical” Pentheus but of power and power, the danger of Dionysus, and the degradation of human civilization at the hands of the old gods.


Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor of VoegelinView and a writer on art, culture, literature, politics, and religion for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and the forthcoming book Diseases, Disasters, and Political Theory. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and theology (biblical & religious studies) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.


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