Agaue and Pentheus (page 482, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 10.221a-f: six fragments of Attic red-figure psykter by Euphronios, with torso of Pentheus (named) and two Mainades tearing him apart, left one named Galene.

Museum of Fine Arts

P. Hartwig, “Der Tod des Pentheus,” Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 7 (1892)  pl. 5

L.D. Caskey and J.D. Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1931) no. 66

Digital LIMC

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Berlin, Antikensammlung 1966.18: Attic red-figure hydria with Mainades holding different parts of Pentheus’ dismembered body.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1912.1165.  Attic red-figure stamnos by the Berlin Painter, with Mainades holding leg and head of Pentheus

Ashmolean Museum

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Bkch – Euripides, Bakchai

I, the son of Zeus, have come to this land of the Thebans—Dionysus, whom once Semele, Kadmos’ daughter, bore, delivered by a lightning-bearing flame. And having taken a mortal form instead of a god’s,
[5] I am here at the fountains of Dirke and the water of Ismenus. And I see the tomb of my thunder-stricken mother here near the palace, and the remnants of her house, smouldering with the still living flame of Zeus’ fire, the everlasting insult of Hera against my mother. [10] I praise Kadmos, who has made this place hallowed, the shrine of his daughter; and I have covered it all around with the cluster-bearing leaf of the vine.  Continue Reading  Greek Text

 Pherekydes 3F22 FGrH Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker 1, pp. 67-68, ed. F. Jacoby. 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text

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Artistic sources edited by by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2020

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2020

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