Name:Dionysus
Greek Name:Bacchus
Parents:Zues, Semele
God Of:wine, fertility, and celebration
Symbol:a finel staff topped with a pine cone
Dionysus is the god of wine and fertility and later considered a patron of arts. Dionysus is the son of Zues and Semele. He is the only god to have a mortal parent, but after Semele had seen Zues in his true form, she was burnt to a crisp. Zues was able to save Dionysus and stiched him to his thigh to hold him until he was ready to be born. Hera asked the Titans to kill Dionysus. They ripped him apart, however Rhea brought him back to life. After that, Zues arranged for his protection and turned him over to the mountain nymphs to be raised. He wandered the world with Maenads to accomopanie him. Maenads were wild women. Dionysus is also one of the few that was able to bring a dead person out of the underworld. Even though he had never seen Semele he was concerned for her. Eventually he journeyed into the underworld to find her. He faced down Thanatos and brought her back to Mount Olympus. In the spring, when the leaves reapper on the vine, a fetival is held in honor of Dionysus. It became one of the most important events of the year. His powers consist of ecstasy- madness in those who followed him, illusions, drunkeness, and sexuality. He was sometimes called the "Eater Of Raw Flesh" His usuall companions consisted of those who were enjoying his wine. Silenus or multiple Sileni and Nymphs also eDionysus.jpgngaged in his drinking, playing the flute and dancing. Sometimes amorous pursuits. Depictions of Dionysus may also include Maenads, the human women who were driven mad by the wine god. Sometimes the part-animal companions of Dionysus are called satyrs, whether meaning the same as sileni or something else. Dionysus had an immotal wife Ariadne, daughter of king Minos. She was abandoned by Thesues after his journey to slay the Minotuar.
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Scources:
http://www.theoi.com/Georgikos/Ariadne.html
http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/grecoromanmyth1/p/Dionysus.htm
http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Dionysus/dionysus.html