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Dionysus. Wine Male principal of fertility Encouraged growth of all living things: plants, animals, humans Thick ivy – sign of his presence Leopard skin Panther drawn chariot Emblems - Phallus and horns of a bull Madness. Two Homeric Poems The Bacchae Euripedes ~406 BC Apollodorus

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dionysus
Dionysus
  • Wine
  • Male principal of fertility
  • Encouraged growth of all living things: plants, animals, humans
  • Thick ivy – sign of his presence
  • Leopard skin
  • Panther drawn chariot
  • Emblems - Phallus and horns of a bull
  • Madness
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Two Homeric Poems
  • The Bacchae
    • Euripedes
    • ~406 BC
  • Apollodorus
  • Ovid
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SEMELE
  • ZEUS
  • HERA
  • INO
  • ATHAMA
  • Orchomenus, Boeotia
  • Learchus
  • Melicertes
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a
  • Nysa
  • Cybele
  • Phrygia
  • BACCHAE
  • MAENADS
  • Thyrsus
  • satyrs
resistance to the god
Resistance to the God
  • Hellespont, Thrace
  • Lycurgus, Edonians
  • Orchomenus, Boeotian Plain
  • Minyas
  • MINYADS: Arsippê, Leucippê & Alcithoê
  • Argos
  • Proteus
  • PROETIDS
  • Melampus
  • Bias
dionysus and the pirates
Dionysus and the Pirates
  • Etruscan
  • Morals
  • Do not offend the gods.
  • Stupidity is painful.
  • Stupidity is ESPECIALLY painful when it causes one to offend a god.
dionysus in thebes
Dionysus in Thebes
  • Euripedes’ The Bacchae.
  • Thebes
  • SEMELE
  • AGAVÊ
  • AUTONOË
  • INO
  • Cadmus
  • PENTHEUS
  • Tiresis
pentheus gets his
Pentheus Gets His
  • Aka. Karma from the Gods is the Karma of Pain!
  • Morals 1-3 See pirate story.
  • Moral 4. If it can cause a city full of people to go raving mad, best NOT to offend it. If stupidity has not been painful yet, it soon will be.
  • Moral 5. Even when the gods have WON they still can hold a grudge.
name of dionysus
Name of Dionysus
  • ‘dio’
  • ‘nysos’
  • Nymphs of NYSA
  • Semele
  • Semelô
  • Thyrsus
  • tuwarsa
a sampling of epithets
A sAmpling of Epithets
  • Dendritês: he of the tree
  • Anthios: ‘god of the blossoms’
  • Melanaigis: “he of the black goat skin”
  • Bull
  • Boukoloi.
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