The Bacchae

1. Why is Dionysus, as the Stranger, perceived as dangerous by Pentheus?

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Pentheus, who is the ruler of Thebes, thinks this very awkward looking stranger is "Eastern" and a "Barbarian". Beyond this the stranger has a charm that threatens Pentheus. Pentheus has no room for people like Dionysus who have powers over others, even if these powers are rather benign.