Bacchae

  • by Euripides
  • Narrated by Arthur Grey
  • 1 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Bacchae is concerned with two opposite sides of human nature: the rational and civilized side, which is represented by the character of Pentheus, the king of Thebes, and then there is the instinctive side, which is represented by Dionysus. This side is sensual without analysis, it feels a connection between man and beast, and it is a potential source of divinity and spiritual power. In Euripides' plays the gods represent various human qualities, allowing the audience to grapple with considerations of the human condition. The Bacchae seems to be saying that it is perilous to deny or ignore the human desire for Dionysian experience; those who are open to the experience will find spiritual power, and those who suppress or repress the desire in themselves or others will transform it into a destructive force.

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Worthy of Dionysus

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bacchae?

The moment the King of Thebes loses his wits and succumbs to the will of God.


Have you listened to any of Arthur Grey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes


Any additional comments?

The previous rating of "awful" given unjustly by another reader is worthy only of scorn and mockery, in my opinion. The narrator did quite well, considering the fact that he performed the whole play by himself, while most of the characters were women. This is somewhat authentic though, since the Greeks themselves cast men to play the roles of women. The one improvement I would suggest regarding the performance is that there be separate narrators for each character if another attempt is made, so that the performance will be more like a real play and less like the reading of a play by one man, in which case the announcement of the names of each character before their lines are read could be omitted. As for the plot, it was exceptional, of the highest quality, far superior to almost everything written in our day. Bacchae teaches a timeless lesson of the peril of tyranny and excessively stern rule, full of wisdom and insight into the nature of society, politics and human nature. Each and every person of authority would be wise to listen carefully and to heed these verses carefully as they bear rule, lest they share the fate of Pentheus. Furthermore, every city and town should perform this work for the enjoyment and benefit of their citizens and leaders, adopting the teachings of Euripides as their own, so that perhaps in time we too may be worthy to create original works that rival those of antiquity, far surpassing the trivial superficiality of our modern day Hollywood flicks which shall ring hollow throughout the ages in comparison.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Cuirass Audio