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Questions about about or related to the Greek god of wine, son of Zeus, Dionysus

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Why did Dionysus change his mother's name?

Semele was the mortal mother of Zeus' son Dionysus. She was tricked by the jealous Hera and she ends up dying. Dionysus survived, but when he grew older, he was concerned for his mother and ...
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Importance of Dionysos/Bacchus in Orphism

How did Dionysus/Bacchus become the central figure of Orphism, given the relatively modest importance he has in classical Greek and Roman mythology? From a semi-god of Wine in the latter, he becomes ...
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Are there Christian influences in the Dionysiaca?

Two works by Nonnus of Panopolis survive to this day: The Dionysiaca, an epic poem about the life of Dionysus, The Paraphrase of John, a rewording of the Gospel of John. This is a rare example of ...
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What did the Thebans do to cause the wrath of Dionysus?

Pausanias tells the legend of the Teumessian fox, a fox destined never to be caught sent by Dionysus to destroy Thebes, the god's birthplace according to the Zeus and Semele narrative: 9.19.1 On this ...
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Which version of the Ariadne Myth was written/told first?

Ariadne was a daughter of Minos. She helped Theseus traverse the labyrinth in exchange to be taken with him away. In one version, Dionysus tells Theseus that he wants Ariadne and to leave her on an ...
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Dionysus sacrifice for humanity

I have read that there are parallels between Greek mythology of Dionysus' sacrifice to humanity and Christian belief surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. What mythology is there concerning Dionysus,...
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What is the story of Dionysus' shipwreck?

Dionysus Shipwrecked is a lost comedy, written either by Aristophanes or by Archippus. Regardless of authorship, the title suggests the play revolved around a story of Dionysus being shipwrecked. Has ...
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What/Which minor gods/spirits are associated with Dionysus?

I know of: Gelos (divine personification of laughter) Comus (god of festivities, revels, and late-night hookups) - Agathodaemon (daemon of vinyards and grainfields). Are there any others?
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How do Dionysus and Jesus relate?

I was reading Dan Brown and found out that Dionysus's birthday (I assume 2nd birth from Zeus's calf) is the same as Jesus. What similarities do they share other than this?
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Why was Dionysus, a dying and rising god, called thrice-born?

Of the many epithets used to describe Dionysus in Orphic Hymn XXIX, thrice begotten ("τρίγονον" in the original) stands out: Bacchus I call, loud-sounding and divine, Fanatic God, a two-fold ...
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Story of Dionysus being slaughtered as a bull-calf and eaten by the Titans?

The story appears to be a variant of the sparagmos of the Orphic Zagreus, with the difference being that Dionysus was in bull-calf form when he was slaughtered. Wikipedia mentions the story (1, 2), ...
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How crazy are the Maenads from Greek Mythology?

I have read about the Maenads, how they were insane followers of the god Dionysus, that their names literally meant "the raving ones" and that they were frequently in a state of ecstatic intoxication. ...
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Dionysos saving Ariadne by marrying her - source?

I am wondering whether there is a classical source for this version of what happens when Theseus abandons Ariadne at Naxos: -- Theseus and Ariadne fall asleep on the island, but Dionysos shows himself ...