Genealogie della maschilità. Generi e desideri nelle “Baccanti” di Euripide

  • Giuseppe Burgio
Keywords: Maschilità, Baccanti, Euripide, Antica Grecia


This article focuses on some of the characters of Euripides' Bacchae using a queer, philologically founded, analisys approach. Our starting hypothesis is that the family relationships between some characters of the tragedy correspond to a symbolic genealogy, that connects some different episodes of ancient Greek mythology, creating a unique, coherent meaning. So, three characters of the tragedy – Actaeon, Pentheus and Dionysus – will be analyzed as different models of masculinity: two of them (Atteone and Penteo) are “loser” men, for different reasons, while Dionysus appears to be a winner, but his model of masculinity is absolutely heretical, eccentric, basically not virile and, in the last instance, queer.