The Bacchae

Religious significance

The ancient Greek concept of religion is not at all like the concept as it is generally known today. The Greek gods didn't demand worship, but instead they, with their imperfections, needed to be recognized and accepted as a part of the human experience.[2] Parallels have been drawn between passages regarding God in the Pentateuch and Jesus in the New Testament, and passages in The Bacchae, including the idea that Dionysus wants no other god to be respected above him, the idea and symbolism of both wine and bread, and the idea of Dionysus being a god taking on the form of a man. The scene of Dionysus being brought before King Pentheus to be interrogated regarding his claim of divinity is compared Jesus’ interrogation by Pontius Pilate.[35] However that particular comparison is limited: Dionysus in his meekness before his interrogator is not about to be crucified, indeed the shoe is on the other foot and Dionysus will soon be sending the king to die after being torn apart by his own mother.[11]


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