The image of an anguished Attis looking down at himself and seeing what he has done also recalls Euripides' masterpiece, The Bacchae, in which the god Dionysus drives a mother insane and in a bout of Bacchic frenzy she rips apart her own son during the rite of sparagmos (see Chapter 3.I.B.8). In the finale of this tragedy, she enters carrying his dismembered head and the god shows his cruelty by allowing her to regain her sanity and realize what she's done and what she's carrying. The parallels between Agave and Attis are self-evident, and their situations equally poignant.

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