Invitation to World Literature

The Bacchae

Season 1, Episode 4 of 13

The city of Thebes is torn apart by the conflicting demands of reason and religion, as the disguised god Dionysus returns to his home town demanding to be worshipped. Opposing him is the young king Pentheus, who is doomed to suffer the ultimate punishment for his disbelief. Featured speakers include world-renowned playwright/author Wole Soyinka, actor Alan Cummings, and Daniel Mendelsohn of Bard College.

Previously Aired

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10/29/2010
5 p.m.
7/28/2018
8:30 p.m.
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