CLAS 131 Notes 25

CLAS 131 Notes 25 - CLAS 131 Notes 25 The Nature of...

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CLAS 131 Notes 25 The Nature of Dionysus Homeric Hymn to Dionysus Euripides, Bacchae Be able to identify the key characteristics in the ancient Greek conception of Dionysus: what kind of god was Dionysus thought to be? Dionysus, God of _____________ God of Wine Usually represented with ivy garland around his head, some kind of cup, vines, and satyrs. Ariadne is his wife. Satyrs (males; human, horse and goat) and mynads (females) are his two types of attendants that appear. Around 430 BCE, he starts to be represented as beardless, half naked, and more feminine Homeric Hymn to Dionysus Hymns praise gods by describing their powers and notable deeds; what are Dionysus’ powers and deeds in the hymn? Cannot be bound by ropes; causes wine to flow forth, grapes and ivy grow on a ship, turns himself into a lion, causes a bear to appear, turns pirates into dolphins How do these powers and deeds characterize Dionysus? A god who is subject to no restraints; a god who can produce living plants where it is
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