How to make the Bakchai even more tragic: ask where’s Echion

When I was teaching the Bacchae last term, Sannion and I had a long conversation on the role of Echion in shaping the character and behavior of Pentheus and the tragedy behind Echion’s absence in the play. It completely changed my view of Pentheus and not only made him a far more sympathetic character, but added a level of brutal tragedy that I hadn’t heretofore considered. Sannion discusses some of that in this post. Check it out at the link below.

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

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