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Pentheus

'Death of Pentheus'. Detail from an Attic red-figure clay vase <I>c.</I>480 BC. New York, Market. Christie'sLegendary King of Thebes who refused to recognize the divinity of Dionysos. As punishment he is torn to pieces by the women of Thebes as Maenads, maddened by the god, and including his mother Agave.

Above: 'Death of Pentheus'. Detail from an Attic red-figure clay vase c.480 BC. New York, Market. Christie's © Christies's

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