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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 το όνομα Θυώνη ήταν μια άλλη ονομασία της μητέρας του θεού Διονύσου, της Σεμέλης. Η εξήγηση που δίνεται για τη μεταξύ τους διαφορά είναι ότι «Σεμέλη» είναι η ...


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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 centrally important to the daily lives of average citizens for the time. Sure Zeus is the king, and sure Poseidon is incredibly powerful, but I need my crops to grow, ...


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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 physical, and there are important divergences. The moral dimension of self-sacrifice in the Greek and Roman canon evolves over time, from Homer (Iliad) to Ovid (...


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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 reflection of Zeus' own infancy, hidden from Cronus on Mt. Ida and cared for by nymphs. the satyr Silenus was said to be his tutor at Nysa. Like Chiron, Silenus ...


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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 thanks to Oidipous [Oedipus], who won the throne of Thebes by accomplishing this feat. Ovid says that the Teumessian Fox descended upon Thebes immediately after ...


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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 were of no small significance, such as were those of the Greeks and the Romans (and would still be the case today), the god was certainly integral to everyday ...


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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 particular writes that he was born at the town Nysa (from which Dio-Nysus comes), that was later called "Scythopolis", and today is called Beit She'an, located at ...


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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 Wine symbolizes the blood of both In the Christian tradition, Jesus says "for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for ...


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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, Aristophanes (or Archippus) is playing off the close connections between Dionysus and the sea to suggest that the god is, in reality, "ignorant of the sea".


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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 Recent work on Nonnus’ Dionysiaca has highlighted the pervasive presence of Christian themes and ideas in the epic. The rest of the paper discusses some of ...


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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 distinct, contradictory ones. Hesiod, in his Theogony (c. 700 BC), simply says that Dionysus married Ariadne, with no mention at all of Theseus. The one source ...


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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, sometimes violence cause death. "Real" followers of Dyonisos tried to emulate their madness with mushrooms and other psychotropes. For some reason, this is ...


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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 it to Semele, who then gave birth to the second incarnation of Dionysus. This tradition includes Egyptian elements, having several elements in parallel with the ...


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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 Bacchae as he falls beneath the flock of Maenads. Source: Euripides, Bacchae 1017 The associations with wild beasts, and his ability to transform, was in fact,...


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The theoi.com article on Dionysus lists Silenus, the satyrs, and the maenads as the god's retinue.


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There are many lists of the Twelve Olympians, and one can make an argument that any of the gods should or shouldn't be included. One of the most common lists is Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hermes, Poseidon, Demeter, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Athena and Dionysus, and the Hestia gave up her seat in the Olympian throne room to Dionysus. This is the most ...


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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 precincts are two temples and two statues of Dionysus, the Eleuthereus (Deliverer) and the one Alcamenes made of ivory and gold. There are paintings here—Dionysus ...


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