Abstract Schramm (40/2016)

In his Dionysiaca (44-46), partly a paraphrase of Euripides’ Bacchae in hexameters, Nonnus presents an un-Euripidean reading of Euripides’ play. A detailed comparison of motives and an analysis of allusions and intertextual references show that some of Nonnus’ alterations of Euripides’ model are caused by the transposition of drama into epos. Others are due to his intention to smooth down some of the typical ambivalences of the Bacchae, e.g. the role and behaviour of the god Dionysus or the guilt of the ‘theomachos’ Pentheus, and leave room for associations with Christianity and an interpretatio Christiana.