King Pentheus Timeline and Summary
- Returns to Thebes upon hearing rumors of the upheaval.
- Talks a lot of junk about Dionysus.
- Chastises Tiresias and Cadmus for going off to worship Dionysus.
- Orders his men to mess up Tiresias's house.
- Also orders that the Stranger from Lydia (really Dionysus) be arrested.
- Criticizes/admires the Stranger's feminine looks.
- Tries to find out what the Dionysus's rituals are really like.
- Locks up the Stranger.
- Freaks out when the Stranger escapes, amidst earthquake and lightning.
- Threatens to kill all the Bacchants.
- Agrees to dress up like a woman to spy on the Maenads
- Is beguiled by Dionysus.
- Worries about his own feminine good looks.
- Is led through town by Dionysus dressed like a woman.
- Spies on the Maenads from the top of a tree.
- Is ripped apart by Agave and the other Maenads.