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green of the honeyed muse, green of the rough caress of ritual, green undaunted by reason or delirium, green of jealous joy, green of the secret holy violence of the thyrsos, green of the sacred iridescence of the dance

Anne Carson and Euripides, Bakkhai [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Carson Euripides Bakkhai green honeyed muse rough caress ritual undaunted reason delirium jealous joy secret violence thyrsos sacred iridescence dance

Dionysos: My eyes were wide open. He teaches the mysteries personally. Pentheus: What form do these mysteries take? Dionysos: That’s a secret. Not for the uninitiated. Pentheus: And for the initiated, do they do some good? Dionysos: You cannot know that. But it is worth knowing.

Anne Carson and Euripides, Bakkhai [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Carson Euripides Bakkhai eyes wide open teaches mysteries personally form secret uninitiated do some good cannot know worth knowing

Honor Thy Gods

Honor Thy Gods: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy by Jon D Mikalson, a 1991 paperpack from University of North Carolina Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Jon D Mikalson Honor Thy Gods from University of North Carolina Press

“In Honor Thy Gods Jon Mikalson uses the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides to explore popular religious beliefs and practices of Athenians in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. and examines how these playwrights portrayed, manipulated, and otherwise represented popular religion in their plays. He discusses the central role of honor in ancient Athenian piety and shows that the values of popular piety are not only reflected but also reaffirmed in tragedies.

Mikalson begins by examining what tragic characters and choruses have to say about the nature of the gods and their intervention in human affairs. Then, by tracing the fortunes of diverse characters—among them Creon and Antigone, Ajax and Odysseus, Hippolytus, Pentheus, and even Athens and Troy—he shows that in tragedy those who violate or challenge contemporary popular religious beliefs suffer, while those who support these beliefs are rewarded. Mikalson concludes by describing the different relationships of the three tragedians to the religion of their audience, arguing that the tragedies of Euripides most consistently support the values of popular religion.” — back cover