The Bacchae Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used Paul Roche's translation.
"My father sanctioned this [punishment] in ages past, great Zeus." (316)
In the end, it is the will of the gods that is triumphant. The rules and laws of man prove to insignificant in the face of the gods' ancient decrees. Pentheus brings his entire household to ruin by attempting place his own idea of order over that of Dionysus.