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1

Who wrote the play?

Euripides

2

Was Euripides popular among the Athenian public?

No

3

What was Euripides aiming to change?

The original state of affairs with which he was writing

4

What role did this mainly involve?

The role of women

5

What does the play centralise on according to the Hammer and the Flute?

The role of a possessed woman and their negative influence on men in society

6

What did the possessive role of women lead to?

The mutilation and murder to the king

7

What did the Hammer and Flute argue Euripides was trying to challenge?

Society and the traditional beliefs

8

How was he doing this?

BY speaking out against the aristocratic influence

9

What did Ruth Padel argue the role of a possessed woman was used for?

To speak out against 'humanities current condition'

10

What did this therefore highlight women as being?

'a social and sexual emblem in an unjust system'

11

What could using women as a sexual emblem therefore cultivate?

A change simply because they are different to the accepted norms of society

12

What is the negative impact of female worshippers perceived as?

Having an ecstasy based goal

13

When is this goal predominant?

It is predominant when undergoing the celebration of Bacchae festivals

14

Who spoke about this 'predominant goal'?

Ross S. Kraemer

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What does Kraemer state the motifs for the women of Bacchae festivals were?

Insanity and possession

16

What does this ideology of insanity and possession argues women are?

Selfish in their goals

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What can this lead people to do?

Adopt a negative perception as the motifs of the women are also negative and self indulgent

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Did Euripides aim for people to have a negative perception of the women and their goals?

No

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What DID he aim for?

The aristocratic society he lived under to question their influence on ordinary marginalised civilians such as women and the poor