10_1 Dionysus - Chapter 10 Lecture One Dionysus God of Wine...

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Chapter 10, Lecture One
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Dionysus God of Wine The life force Male fertility Associated with nature Panthers and leopards Aristocratic Homer displeased by him Mythic biography must be pieced together from various sources – Euripides’ Bacchae
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Birth and Early Youth
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Birth and Early Youth Zeus – Semelê (Princess of Thebes) Hera: “Let this ‘Zeus’ come to you as he does to his wife Hera.” Semelê (after extracting the hasty promise) is burned to ash Unborn infant son, Dionysus saved and sewed into Zeus’s thigh
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Birth and Early Youth Dionysus (the twice born) then given to Ino, sister of Semelê queen of Orchomenus (another city in Boeotia) Dionysus disguised as a girl Hera drives Ino and King Athamas insane – they kill their own children Zeus changes Dionysus into a goat
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Birth and Early Youth Given to the nymphs of Nysa Dionysus driven mad by the his own wine and begins his wanderings Egypt, Syria, and Phrygia
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10_1 Dionysus - Chapter 10 Lecture One Dionysus God of Wine...

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