Daily Archives: July 1, 2008

Is Dionysus Jesus?: Euripides’s Bakkhai

Euripides’ Bakkhai is an extraordinary play, and functions on many fascinating levels. At one level it can be read as an indictment of rationalism, and a warning to the audience against atheism. Toward the beginning of the play, the lead … Continue reading

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Enkidu, the Prophet Amos, Karl Marx, and Barack Obama: What Do the Gilgamesh Epic, the Bible, the Communist Manifesto, and The Audacity of Hope Have in Common?

Toward the end of Book One of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu has moved from a Tarzan-like wild state, living in nature without knowledge of human females, to now living with a woman in a rural setting, among shepherds, where … Continue reading

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