- Greek myth the grandson of Cadmus and his successor as king of Thebes, who resisted the introduction of the cult of Dionysus. In revenge the god drove him mad and he was torn to pieces by a group of bacchantes, one of whom was his mother
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It is said that Pentheus was brought from thence, and torn in pieces.
It was in vain Pentheus remonstrated, commanded, and threatened.
Charles Mills Gayley
Myth of Dionysus and Pentheus, to explain festival of the former.
A-ga´ve.Mother of Pentheus;infuriated by Bacchus, slays her son, 182.
H. A. Guerber
It was on this occasion that Pentheus was massacred by his mother.