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Bacchae

[bak-ee] /ˈbæk i/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the female attendants of Bacchus.
2.
the priestesses of Bacchus.
3.
the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.
Origin of Bacchae
< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad
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  • The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.

  • The story ends with the representation of the “Bacchae,” in Parthia.

  • The head of Pentheus is carried by one of the Bacchae in that drama.

  • There never was a great play so steeped in tradition as the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • We should probably have a result something like the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • I am not attempting to expound the whole meaning of the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • The beautiful side of this feeling is vividly conspicuous in The Bacchae.

  • The Bacchae was composed in Macedonia; it contains all the mystery of the supernatural.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • He had lost the sense of what the Chorus was in the hands of the great masters, say in the Bacchae or the Eumenides.

    The Poetics Aristotle
  • Again, such a play would involve a bewildering shift of sympathy, just as the Bacchae does.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Bacchae

Bacchae

/ˈbækiː/
plural noun
1.
the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus
Word Origin
Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for Bacchae
n.

"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).

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