Why might the Chorus be praying to Bacchus/Dionysos?
He is the god of wine and madness, and often his worshippers (the Bacchanals) had periods of madness. The Chorus may be claiming that the instability coming to the city of Thebes is a form of madness, that Bacchus has brought a sense of craziness and violence to the land. It may also be simply because the play would have been performed at the Dionysia!
Why do you think Eurydice didn't appear in the play until this moment?
She may not be a fully drawn character so much as a symbol for grief. Also, strong answers may talk about the focus on female characters being primarily on Antigone and Ismene, and what the...
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