Explain the Cult of Dionysus: Cult of Dionysus religious practice worshiping Dionysus. Associated with satyrs and centaurs Characteristic: Bull, ivy and wine Dionysia Festival in Athens- dedicated to him
Statue of Dionysus
What was Dionysus the god of? God of Wine God of Wilderness God of Vegetation God of Fertility God of Ecstasy God of Festivity
God of Wine and vegetation..
What was this god like? Depicted as either an older bearded god or a long haired youth Symbols: drinking cup and vine Accompanied by satyrs and nymphs Enjoys life and its pleasures
he loved life and its pleasures
Why was this god important to theater? Festival held in Dionysia in the spring- plays performed Theatres names after him Tragedies closely connected to Dionysus Tragedy, etimology tragoi/goats (dionysus followers sometimes depicted as goats Aulos or double pipe accompanied tragedies ( dionysus was many times depicted playing the aulos)
How did the Greeks celebrate this god? The Great Dionysia in March Plays in agora Performed plays (tragedies, comedies etc.) Danced Drunk a lot of wine
They celebrated The Great Dionysia in the Agora
Explain Dionysus relationship to the other gods. Son of Zeus and Semele (mortal princess) Considered a semi-mortal by most gods. Apollo's half brother Head of the nymphs and the satyrs.
Apollo, Dionysus and Hermes
Fun Facts: Also known by his Roman name Braccus. He was the only god with a mortal parent. Rescued his mother from the underworld.
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