Mythology



Introduction





This project will focus on the adventures of Dionysus and his



interactions with other people. I will also show what Dionysus



stands for and is depicted by. You will learn about his lifestyle and the



way he affected others’ lives. I will explain his family and birth and I



will tell the story of the few who dare to oppose Dionysus.

















































Family





Dionysus’ father was Zeus(Jupiter), king of the gods. Zeus played a



very important role in Greek mythology as he was the father of many



significant gods. He was the ultimate ruler of Heaven and Earth and



had control over meteorological phenomenon.



In most legends, Semele was the mother of Dionysus while Orphic



legends recorded Persephone as being Dionysus’ mother. Semele was



the beautiful daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia. Her affair with



Zeus was strictly secret and later caused her death. Hera(Zeus’ wife)



found out that they were having an affair and made Zeus kill Semele.



As an adult, Dionysus rescued Semele from the underworld and made



her a goddess known as Thyone.



When Semele died, she was still pregnant with Dionysus in her



womb. Zeus came along and rescued Dionysus from Semele’s ashes



and sewed Dionysus into his hip until he was ready to be born.











Basic Information





Dionysus was mainly recognized as the god of wine. He was



almost always drunk, and he made people happy with his wine.



He traveled around teaching the art of wine making and the



cultivation of the vine. Dionysus was also fairly well known as an



artistic god. Most of the plays and dramas were in his honor. Drama



and poetry both play an important role in the worship of Dionysus.



His symbols were grapes, rams, thyrsus, and serpents. His



domain was vegetation, pleasure, freedom, and civilization. Dionysus



is sometimes referred to as Bacchus and in Roman mythology



Dionysus was known as Liber. Dionysus could make people light-



hearted and happy or he could make them sad and unhappy.























Stories



Dionysus’ Kidnapping



This is a story of which I have found in many different books,



however, only two versions were somewhat different. One version



containing the character of Acetes, and the other without Acetes.





Some pirates saw Dionysus and they assumed by his appearance



that he had rich parents, so they decided to capture and sell him



for ransom. They took Dionysus onto the ship and attempted to bind



him with ropes, however, the ropes broke as soon as they touched



Dionysus. One crew member pleaded to let him go, for the breaking



of the ropes convinced him that Dionysus was a god, but the other



crew members were stubborn and ignored him. The crew members



soon found out that Dionysus was angered when he turned into a lion



and fragrant wine started flowing down the ship’s deck. Soon after,



vines and ivy spread around the ship and the terrified pirates began to



turn into dolphins. One by one they leaped into the sea. END.







A group of pirates see a strong, and healthy young man and they



figure they could make a good profit selling him as a slave in Egypt.



One pirate, by the name of Acetes, urged the other crew members to



sail wherever the visitor(Dionysus) wished. The pirates were greedy



and set sail toward Egypt when all of a sudden lions appear and



crouch at their feet. In the background, sounds of flutes were heard



and each pirate(except for Acetes), gradually transforming into



dolphins, leaped into the water. Dionysus told Acetes to sail toward



the island of Naxos and Acetes eagerly obeyed. It is on the island of



Naxos where Dionysus meets and falls in love with Ariadne.



































Dionysus’ Romance With Ariadne



After Dionysus was kidnapped by pirates, he was dropped off on



the island of Naxos. While in Naxos, Dionysus met Ariadne who had



been abandoned on the island. He took pity on her and they soon fell



in love. When Ariadne died, Dionysus took the golden crown he had



given her and placed it among the stars. END.





Dionysus met Ariadne on Naxos, he quickly wooed her and won



her over. Soon after, they got married and during the wedding



celebrations Dionysus took Ariadne’s bridal garland and threw it into



the sky where it became a glowing cluster of stars, known as the



Corona.





























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