Monday, August 13, 2007

Euripides - The Bacchae


It's one of those curiosities of timing that at the very time I read Euripides' The Bacchae it is revived at the Edinburgh Festival, with Alan Cumming in the role of Dionysus.

I rather like this speech by Tiresias:


'Tis easy to be eloquent, for him
That's skilled in speech, and hath a stirring theme.
Thous hast the flowing tongue as of a wise man,
But there's no wisdom in thy fluent words;
For the bold demagogue, powerful in speech,
Is but a dangerous citizen lacking sense.

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