bacchae1On Thursday, the LV and UV Hellenists went to UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre to watch a production of Euripides’ Bacchae. This tragic story of Pentheus, King of Thebes, who refuses to believe in the new god Dionysus, had everyone gripped in their seats. As the god willingly gave himself up to Pentheus, manipulated his thoughts and orchestrated his death at the hands of his mother, we got real insight into ancient Greek religion and divine authority. The superb acting brought this chilling warning about human arrogance to life. Discussions on the bus afterwards centred around why pagans worshipped this vindictive god at all, and whether there were any similarities between Dionysus and Christ.

Athina Mitropoulos