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My artistic theme is about the play The Bacchae of Euripides and how the god Dionysusis irrational behavior is in accord with that of Alcibiades in Platos Symposium In both books the above named characters behavior was reactive to their situations rather than proactive In the Symposium Alcibiades unrequited love or rather lust for Socrates drives him to make a fool of himself at the dinner party During his speech Alcibiades speaks of Socrates as if he were a superior being he has a special hold or power over emotions of others He mentions that Socrates presents himself as your lover and before you know it youre in love with him yourself Therefore justifying to himself that he is not in control of his body or emotions This is in direct contrast to the character of Socrates presented by Plato Socrates believes in self-control-being in control of what you do what ails you and what you allow to bother you In conjunction with this is the concept of love According to Socrates lust or sexual desire is on of the lowest forms of love thus does always need to be obtained Rather wisdom the highest form of love according to Diotima and Socrates should be sought and revered The concept of honoring life and love as it is exemplified in the Handbook of Epictetus In the Handbook Epictetus specifies not to seek to have events happen as you want them to but instead want them to happen as they do happen This concept Dionysus in the Bacchae of Euripides did not comprehend He was embittered the Milles-Dave 2 people of Thedes did not believe that the God Zeus impregnated his mother thereby making him half God that he took revenge on the women of the city including his aunt Dionysus the God of ecstasy removes the women from their daily work schedule and leads them to the forest where they make
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