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Birth, Childhood, Origins of Dionysus Dionysus- Bacchus Son of Zeus and Semele, daughter of Cadmus. Hera appeared to Semele as an old woman and convinced her to ask her lover to appear in full glory. Semele was burned, the unborn child, divine, was not destroyed, Zeus sewed him up in his thigh, from which he was born. Hermes rescued the baby from the ashes and brought the baby to the nymphs of Nysa to be raised.
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Death of Semele , Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), painting of 1636, Brussels, Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts
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Meaning of his birth-Features of Dionysus Definitely a latecomer to the Olympian pantheon. Origins lie in northern Greece- Thrace, and possibly in Phrygia. -God of vegetation, particularly the wine -Followed by Satyrs, Maenads.
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Hermes delivers the infant Dionysos to Papposilenos and nymph: Phiale Painter, ca 430 BC
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Statue of Silenus with baby Dionysus Roman copy after a statue attributed to Lysippos, original ca 310-300 BC
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Euripides’ Bacchae Play opens with Dionysus, who comes with anger to Thebes, as his mother’s integrity and his own divinity are questioned. Sisters of Semele claim (and Pentheus agrees) that she became pregnant with a mortal
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Family of CADMUS CADMUS-HARMONIA AUTONOE INO AGAVE SEMELE (m. ZEUS) PENTHEUS DIONYSUS
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BACCHAE- Structure Cadmus-retired king, and Teiresias, seer/priest welcome the new god Pentheus- a cousin of Dionysus- challenges the new god A guard brings the exotic stranger Progression from political to psychological to physical fragmentation SPARAGMOS . Ferocious finale as Agave with the maenads kills
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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