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Lecture 13

Lecture 13

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Department
Classical Studies
Course Code
CLST 105
Professor
Florence Yoon

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Lecture 13: Dionysus
The Nature of Dionysus
Bacchus, Bromius
Noisy, riotous
Liber, Eleutherios
Free
Associated with
Wine/intoxication
Ecstasy
Debauchery
Fertility
Similarities with Demeter
Wild nature/vegetation
Otherness
Birth story
Zeus has affair with Persephone
Hera orders Titans to rip up Dionysus
Zeus eats Dionysus’s heart
Semele gets pregnant with Dionysus
Hera tricks Semele into getting Zeus to reveal his true form
Thunderbolt kills her leaving only Dionysus
Zeus sews Dionysus into his thigh to incubate
Rebirth: chthonic nature
Katabasis: descent into Hades
Dionysus goes there to save Semele
Thyone: new goddess name
Raised in a foreign land
Hermes takes him to Mount Nysa
Wilderness
Raised by nymphs (Hyades) and wild animals
Driven mad by Hera
Wanders around Greece
Ariadne
Domesticates” Dionysus
Deserted by Theseus on island
Dionysus finds her and deifies her
Aphrodite
Has child with her
Priapos
Associated with fertility
Deformed
Huge phallus but short body
Aphrodite tricked into allowing Hera to touch her belly
Worship
Theatre of Dionysus
Actors embody spirit of Dionysus
Drink wine, party
Bacchanalia
Private relationship with god
Initiates of secret cult celebrate in wilderness
Omophagy
Eating of raw flesh
Orgies
Public relationship with god
Processions, rituals, feasts
Dionysus et al.
Thiasus
Collective group trying to achieve collective goal
Silenus
Half-animal, half-human
Dionysus’s mentor/tutor growing up
Likes to drink wine
Also father figure to Dionysus

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Lecture 13 Dionysus The Nature of Dionysus Bacchus Bromius Noisy riotous Liber Eleutherios Free Associated with Wineintoxication Ecstasy Debauchery Fertility Similarities with Demeter Wild naturevegetationOtherness Birth story Zeus has affair with Persephone Hera orders Titans to rip up Dionysus Zeus eats Dionysuss heart Semele gets pregnant with Dionysus Hera tricks Semele into getting Zeus to reveal his true form Thunderbolt kills her leaving only Dionysus Zeus sews Dionysus into his thigh to incubate Rebirth chthonic nature Katabasis descent into Hades Dionysus goes there to save Semele Thyone new goddess name Raised in a foreign land Hermes takes him to Mount Nysa Wilderness Raised by nymphs Hyades and wild animals Driven mad by Hera Wanders around Greece
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