Lecture12 - Classical mythology Lecture 12 Dionysus in art...

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Classical mythology Lecture 12
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Dionysus in art ! At first bearded, then (from end of 5th century) beardless ! Attributes: drinking vessel, ivy wreath ! Shown with maenads (ecstatic female followers) and satyrs ! Thyrsus (fennel stalk crowned with ivy leaves)
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c. 480: note ivy wreath, vine, cup
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c. 340
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425-375
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500-450
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525-475: maenad with krotala
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550-500
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c. 480
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c. 520
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575-525
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Guido Reni, 1623
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Dionysus and the return of Hephaestus ! Throne: Hephaestus’ revenge on Hera ! D. makes Hephaestus drunk, brings back to Olympus on donkey/mule ! Hera then accepts D., persuades Olympians to admit him
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450-400
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Dionysus and Pentheus ! Story in Euripides, Bacchae ! D. returns to Thebes in disguise to take vengeance ! Semele’s sisters denied Zeus’ paternity ! Women maddened, go to hills ! Pentheus ruler of Thebes: son of Agaue ! Tries to restore order: captures some of the women, but bonds do not hold
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Dionysus and Pentheus ! P. tries to imprison D., but released in miracle, palace collapses ! D. entices P. to go and spy on the
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MYTHOLOGY 303 taught by Professor Sheldimier during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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