Friday, June 21, 2019

The Friday Face-Off: Pagan Rituals

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

I was really unsure where to go with this topic, so I decided to run with the 'pagan ritual' aspect and pick something related to the Classics and Ancient Greek/Roman mythologies. I had quite a few choices to go with, and although I almost went with The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I decided to go way back to The Bacchae by Euripides! What better choice for a pagan ritual than a bacchanal? There are endless covers for this, so I thought it would be a fun one to go with.

  The BakkhaiBakkhaiBacchae
2017 New Directions | 2001 Oxford Press| 2000 Cambridge Press

  As BacantesBaccantiBacchae
Portuguese Edition | Italian Edition | 2014 Vintage

Bacchaeکاهنه های باکوسΒάκχαι
1998 Hackett | Persian Edition | Greek Edition

The BacchaeAusgew�hlte Trag�dien Des Euripides, Vol. 3: F�r Den Schulgebrauch Erkl�rt; Bacchen (Classic Reprint)
2014 Ecco | German Edition

My choice:
A lot of these were pretty interesting, but I'm weirdly drawn to the 2017 New Directions and 2014 Vintage editions. I love the art style and image on the New Directions one, and the snake design and colors on the Vintage one look nice and dramatic as well.
The BakkhaiBacchae

Which covers do you like best?


  1. You picked my two favorites😁 This is a great interpretation, I found this week to be a little tricky, but I like the way everyone is interpreting it differently.

    1. It really was tricky! I had no idea what to do at first, haha.

  2. The cover on the left of the two you chose was my fave.