The God of Wine. By. Jack Kinkelaar Period 4 Mrs. McClure. Dionysus.
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One of the most widely worshiped gods of Greek mythology was Dionysus. At first, he was considered the god of wine. Later he become the god of vegetation and warm moisture, and eventually, the god of pleasures and of civilization.God of what?
Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Semele, who was the daughter of the king Thebes. Legend says that Semele was consumed by flames when she glimpsed Zeus, without disguise, in his godlike splendor. Zeus put her unborn infant in his thigh. When the time came for the child’s birth, Zeus drew him forth again. Thus Dionysus had a double birth.Dionysus’ Birth
Dionysus was represented in works of art as a beautiful youth, crowned with vine leaves or ivy and wearing the skin of a faun ( a mythical animal) over his shoulders. His festivals were celebrated with procession, dances, and choruses, out of which grew the Greek drama and the Greek theater. The Romans called this god Bacchus and celebrated the Bacchanalia, or festival of Bacchus, every third year. It became so immoral, however, that in 186 BC the Roman Senate forbade it.Dionysus’ festivals
In his early years the young god cared for by an older Silenus. Dionysus learned to make wine and journeyed across the world to give it to mortals. The god enjoyed many adventures on his travels. He finally went into the infernal regions to find his mother. He renamed her Thyone and brought her back to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods.Dionysus
The rescuer of Ariadne after she had been abandoned by Theseus. Dionysus also rescued his mother from the Underworld, after Zeus showed her his true nature as storm god and consumed her in lightning. It was Dionysus who granted Midas the power to turn whatever he touched into gold, then was kind enough to take the power back when it proved inconvenient.Dionysus’ is a hero