 Called Bacchus  by the Romans God of wine,  agriculture,  and fertility of  nature. Patron to Greek  theater
Dionysus and Greek Theater   •The   development of Greek Theater developed from the worship of Dionysus in Athens.      •T...
   Son of Zeus and mortal woman, Semele   Zeus came to Semele in the form of a mortal    but she was told he was a god ...
   He agreed and she requested that he show    her his true form.   Having sworn, he had no choice but to    comply   S...
   Hera, still jealous, arranged for the Titans to    kill Dionysus   Titans ripped him to pieces, but Rhea (wife of    ...
   Often compared to    half-brother, Apollo   Apollo is rational    and thoughtful    while Dionysus is    libido and  ...
   Has the power to drive his followers mad and    is at the heart of the savage madness that    leads to brutal murder o...
   One of the most important gods of everyday    life   Associated with the key concept of rebirth    after death   His...
   Numerous bars, clubs, etc. (places    considered those of indulgence and    careless gratification) named after him  ...
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Dionysus

  1. 1.  Called Bacchus by the Romans God of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature. Patron to Greek theater
  2. 2. Dionysus and Greek Theater •The development of Greek Theater developed from the worship of Dionysus in Athens. •The theater of Dionysus was on the south slope of the Athenian acropolis and held room for an audience of 17,000. •There were also dramatic contests at the Rural Dionysia and the Lenaia festival. •Lenaia is a synonym for maenad, which is used to describe Dionysus frenzied worshipers.
  3. 3.  Son of Zeus and mortal woman, Semele Zeus came to Semele in the form of a mortal but she was told he was a god Hera found out and came to Semele in disguise and convinced her that she should see her lover as he really was Semele made Zeus promise to grant her one wish
  4. 4.  He agreed and she requested that he show her his true form. Having sworn, he had no choice but to comply Semele was killed instantly by the sight of his glory Zeus managed to rescue Dionysus from her womb and stitched him into his own thigh Dionysus was granted immortality
  5. 5.  Hera, still jealous, arranged for the Titans to kill Dionysus Titans ripped him to pieces, but Rhea (wife of Cronus) brought him back to life Zeus then arranged for his safety and turned him over to the Nymphs of Nysa to be raised The nymphs later became his followers
  6. 6.  Often compared to half-brother, Apollo Apollo is rational and thoughtful while Dionysus is libido and gratification.
  7. 7.  Has the power to drive his followers mad and is at the heart of the savage madness that leads to brutal murder on occasion Sometimes associated with Hades, one of the few gods that can bring dead people out of the underworld Representation of the raw, primal desires and indulgences of humans
  8. 8.  One of the most important gods of everyday life Associated with the key concept of rebirth after death His dismemberment and return to life echoes the tending of vines
  9. 9.  Numerous bars, clubs, etc. (places considered those of indulgence and careless gratification) named after him He is considered a Christ figure for his death and return to life and celebration of bread and wine. Many modern scholars believe that the use of bible story of the Marriage at Cana (where Jesus turns water into wine) was intended to show Jesus as superior to Dionysus.

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