The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Monday 22 February, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join is posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.
Following our discussion of Euripides’ Bacchae (405 BC), we turn to other ancient Greek sources for Dionysus: the three Homeric Hymns to Dionysus (circa seventh to fifth centuries) and Aristophanes’ comedy the Frogs (405 BC).
The Homeric Hymns relate some tales of the god, and further elucidate his character. The extract from the Frogs casts Dionysus as a comic figure, meeting the hero Heracles.
- Homeric Hymns to Dionysus (translated by Martin L. West, from Homeric Hymns, Homeric Apocrypha, Lives of Homer, Loeb, 2003)
- Aristiophanes, The Frogs, lines 1-166 (translated by Stephen Halliwell, from Frogs and Other Plays, Oxford, 2015)
Production of the Frogs in the original Greek, with optional English subtitles (Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2013):