Translated, with notes, by Th. Buckley.
Dionysus, the God; son of Zeus and of the Theban princess Semele.
Cadmus, formerly King of Thebes, father of Semele.
Pentheus, King of Thebes, grandson of Cadmus.
Agave, daughter of Cadmus, mother of Pentheus.
Teiresias, an aged Theban prophet.
A Soldier of Pentheus' Guard.
A Chorus of Inspired Damsels, following Dionysus from the East.
The background represents the front of the Castle of Pentheus, King of Thebes. At one side is visible the sacred Tomb of Semele, a little enclosure overgrown with wild vines, with a cleft in the rocky floor of it from which there issues at times steam or smoke. The God Dionysus is discovered alone.
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