He never went about otherwise than surrounded by a small court of bishops and abbés of high lineage, gallant, jovial, and given to carousing on occasion; and more than once the good and devout women of Saint Germain d' Auxerre, when passing at night beneath the brightly illuminated windows of Bourbon, had been scandalized to hear the same voices which had intoned vespers for them during the day carolling, to the clinking of glasses, the bacchic
proverb of Benedict XII.
Islamic ironies, between Abu Nuwas and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Reflecting, as he often would, on the question of wine, and its permissibility in Islam, the 9th-century bacchic
poet of Baghdad, Abu Nuwas, once asked:
That same year a more confidently estimated Roman mosaic panel, featuring a triumphal Bacchic
procession, dated to the mid 2nd century and probably from North Africa, fetched $277,000 (estimate $200,000- $300,000) at Christie's New York.
This tactic did sometimes achieve dramatic effects: Richter's Erna (Nude on a Staircase), 1966, for example, was hung at the center of a small, lovely gallery, flanked by bacchic
chariots in wood and ivory by the eighteenth-century Bavarian carver Simon Trogcr--painterly shock and restraint paired with diminutive sculptural flamboyance.
1) Often, they use it to allude to Bacchic
release and artistic creativity: the essence of wit and storytelling is held in the cup, and it inspires creativity and a sexually charged break from mundane life.
A wildly Bacchic
send-up of pornography, the story tells of a pair of siblings coming of age in the most unlikely surroundings until they finally consummate their love for each other.
Some summer-tinted mouth, some curved throat; The Bacchic
grace of some young body, bare And glistening in the games--I know .
Using the metaphor of frenzied religious festival celebration, Socrates compares the poets to Corybantic dancers and Bacchic
associations in Pausanias' initial description of Callicles--"With thy head full of wine, and thy hair crowned [i.
The book unmistakably turns its back on the Orphic preoccupations with the hereafter that characterized Greene's Catholic novels, and wholeheartedly embraces a Bacchic
emphasis on the here and now.
But Pentheus, another figure who is doomed by what he sees (the Bacchic
rites), and very like Actaeon, is violently torn apart by his own who cannot recognise him.
The Barfields experimented with wine-making in 1930, which inspired them, Lewis, and Cecil Harwood to make preliminary plans for a Bacchic