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Unformatted text preview: • often in a trance • rip animals apart • crossing the boundary between normal human dress w/ animal dress Parentage: Zeus and Semele [queen of Thebes] • Hera find out, makes Semele want to see Zeus in real form • Thunder bolts, lightning, rains, Semele is burnt • Zeus takes embryo and puts in thigh-he can give birth • Dionysus is raised by Hermes Dionysus • captured by pirates, turns them into dolphins • psychological transformation Linear B Tablets • one of the oldest gods, but shown as a newcomer Dionysus and his wife Ariadne • princess of crete Dionysus and the Identity Question-prelude to next lecture on the Bacchae Summary: Dionysus: god of wine, god of madness and altered states [psychological] Mystery cult and ritual intiation of women Myth parallels reality [satyrs, maenads] Identity, masks, and drama Theme: greeks saw madness as a natural part of human being and respected it...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2009 for the course GREEK MYTH 40 taught by Professor Galluci during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.
- Spring '08