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Art and Images in Psychiatry
January 3, 2011

The Triumph of Bacchus

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JAMES C.HARRISMD

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(1):8-9. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.185

[Bacchus] discovered the juice of the grape and introduced it to mankind, stilling thereby each grief that mortals suffer from . . . and sleep that brings forgetfulness of daily ills, . . . ’twas he that gave the vine to man, sorrow's antidote.

—Euripides, 407 BC, The Bacchae1(p7,8)

Gin cursed Fiend, with Fury fraught/Makes human race a Prey. It enters by a deadly Draught/And steals our Life away.

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