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Βακχεῦ. The omission of before this word, and the addition of before ματρόπολιν, are conjectural (cr. n.). But they are certainly right; for the antistrophic words (1133) answering to “ΒακχεῦΘήβαν”, are “χλωρά τ᾽ ἀκτὰ πολυστάφυλος πέμπει”, which are unquestionably sound.

ματρόπολιν: cp. O. C. 707 n. Thebes is the ‘mother-city’ of the Bacchants, as being the city of Semele and the native place of Dionysus. It was the place at which the Dionysiac cult, coming from Asia Minor by way of Thrace, first established itself in Greece Proper. From Thebes the cult was propagated to Delphi, and associated with the worship of Apollo. See Eur. Bacch. 306. Cp. O. T. 210 n., Tr. 510.

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    • Euripides, Bacchae, 306
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