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Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.511-733

Latin Text with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary of Terms, Vocabulary Aid and Study Questions

This extract from Ovid’s Metamorphoses recounts the confrontation of Pentheus, king of Thebes, with his divine cousin, Bacchus, the god of wine. Notwithstanding the warnings of the seer Tiresias and the cautionary tale of a character Acoetes (perhaps Bacchus in disguise), who tells of how the god once transformed a group of blasphemous sailors into dolphins, Pentheus refuses to acknowledge the divinity of Bacchus or allow his worship at Thebes. Enraged, yet curious to witness the orgiastic...


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  • Publisher : Open Book Publishers
  • Serie : Classics Textbooks
  • Place of publication : Cambridge
  • Year of publication : 2016
  • Published on OpenEdition Books : 13 July 2017
  • ISBN (Print version) : 9781783740826
  • Electronic ISBN : 9782821884045
  • Number of pages : xii + 248 p.

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