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Why did Dionysus change his mother's name?

When Dionysus fetches Semele from Hades and introduces her to Olympus, she is no longer a human being, but a goddess. The name change is actually due to this transformation. Στην ελληνική μυθολογία ...
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Importance of Dionysos/Bacchus in Orphism

Dionysus was a mortal that was raised to divinity. While he is most well known for wine and revelry, his portfolio also grew to include: festivals fertility the wilds crops sanity These are ...
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Dionysus sacrifice for humanity

This is a subject of some interest. I address similarities here: How do Dionysus and Jesus Relate? SUMMARY: There are undeniable parallels between Dionysus and the Christ, but these are mainly ...
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Importance of Dionysos/Bacchus in Orphism

On the Importance of the Wine-God Dionysos-Bacchus may not have been the most powerful, most important deity of Greece or Rome, nevertheless, for cultures to whom feasts, agriculture and procreation ...
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What/Which minor gods/spirits are associated with Dionysus?

the Nysiads These are they Nymphs of Nysa, who cared for the young Dionysus before his return to Greece. The god's childhood at Nysa is an important part of his cycle, not least because it is a ...
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What did the Thebans do to cause the wrath of Dionysus?

A Sphinx Replacement? Book 7 of Ovid's Metamorphoses strongly implies that the attacks of the Teumessian Fox were revenge for the death of another monster, the Sphinx, which Thebes had been rid of ...
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Which version of the Ariadne Myth was written/told first?

The oldest written accounts are ambiguous on this point, so it is somewhat difficult to ascertain whether these two are not, in fact, merely aspects of the same tradition rather than two completely ...
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How crazy are the Maenads from Greek Mythology?

They weren't just insane followers, they were supposedly nurses too. They were mad because of alcohols and drugs, and showed the "dark" side of the party. Sometimes, drinking too much cause violence, ...
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Importance of Dionysos/Bacchus in Orphism

Simply put, according to the Orphic version of mythology Zeus declared Dionysus the inheritor to the throne. As for the origins of Dionysus, most stories say that he was born in Asia, and one in ...
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How do Dionysus and Jesus relate?

The relationship between these Jesus and Dionysus has multiple aspects. Here are the most basic: Both had a divine father and a mortal mother Both were sacrificed Both died and were resurrected ...
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What is the story of Dionysus' shipwreck?

I haven't been able to find any summaries of the plot, from which I deduce that it is lost to us. As for the title, Emmanuela Bakola suggests that in Dionysus Shipwrecked, like in the Frogs, ...
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Are there Christian influences in the Dionysiaca?

A paper I just found by a Nicholas Kauffman entitled Nonnus’ Dionysiaca and Late-Antique Discourse on Warfare (warning, clicking on the link will download the article) has as its very first sentence ...
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Why was Dionysus, a dying and rising god, called thrice-born?

In the Orphic tradition, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Persephone. As a young boy, he was slain by the Titans, at the behest of Hera. Zeus recovered the boy's heart, made it into a potion and gave ...
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Story of Dionysus being slaughtered as a bull-calf and eaten by the Titans?

As you note, Dionysus was associated with the Bull: Appear as a bull or many-headed serpent or raging lion to see. Go, Bacchus, with smiling face and throw a deadly noose around the hunter of the ...
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What/Which minor gods/spirits are associated with Dionysus?

The theoi.com article on Dionysus lists Silenus, the satyrs, and the maenads as the god's retinue.
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Dionysos saving Ariadne by marrying her - source?

There are two textual sources for this, there is no mention for Dionysos' motivation: Pausanias, Description of Greece, Chapter 20: The oldest sanctuary of Dionysus is near the theater. Within the ...
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