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Basilinna

Basilinna Aegisthes (super-goat) is an avatar of Dionysos, who, at the old spring festival, the Anthesteria, comes to celebrate hierogamy with the Queen (called basilinna). In the presence of Cheres the men are tasting the new wine. Dionysos has arrived with the host of dead spirits, chaos has come to town and license is permitted, and the Queen is in the hand of the usurper. But the drinking party of the men is commemorating Orestes and his gloomy state of mind: While the Queen is with Dionysos (here called of the Swamp), the men are getting more and more heated by the wine, warming up for revenge. Soon the usurper will be thrown out and order restored. http://langkjer.dk/origin/2-26.htm
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