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Transcript of Dionysus
-He had a dual nature 1.to
bring joy 2. to bring brutal thinking and rage (symbolizes both sides of what wine does)
Hera's Jealousy Dionysus is the son of Zues and Semele, this makes him the only God with a mortal parent.
When hera had found out about semele and that she was baring Zeus' child she immediatly became jealous.
In order for Zeus to prove his love to Hera she made him promise to grant her one wish and he agreed to do so and this was how the story of Dionysus' birth began. Story of Dionysus' Birth Heras wish was for Zeus to show Semele his true form
and when he did Semele burnt to death from sight of his glory.
Zeus was able to rescue dionysus and he stiched him into his thigh until he was ready to be born.
Being born from Zeus automatically gave Dionysus immortality from birth.
Because of this story many artworks have been painted showing Dionysus in Zeus' thigh. Contributions of Dionysus -Due to Heras jealousy she ordered the titans to kill Dionysus so they ripped him to shreds but Rhea brought him back to life. Rebirth after death Wine : The vines to make wine are dormant in the winter then pruned back sharply in the spring ( vines die in the winter and are re-grown in the spring) Also symbolizes that under the influence people can be possesed by a greater power and act out. -The inventor of Wine. Symbols of Dionysus -A wooden stick wrapped with Ivy leaves and vines that he carried around with him. Thyrsos The Flute Wine barrels -High pitched woodwind instrument. -A barrel holding wine.
Dionysus' punishment on blasphemy A punishment story Avage is Semele's sister, she is jealous that Zeus fell in love with her sister so she decided to spread a story that she made up: She said that Semele was not really baring Zeus' child she made it up and when Zeus had found out she lied to him he was "disgrased by the blasphemy" and killed Semele with a thunderbolt. When Zeus grew up and realized this lie had been spread he decided to punish Semele for questioning his divinity. He ordered everyone of the land of thebes where he was born to get drunk off wine and go to the mountains to praise him. He punished her by making her kill her son, the king of thebes. Semele was so drunk that when she saw her son she mistaked him as a wild beast and she tored him to pieces then ate him. - He is a handsome young man with impressive hair that falls beneith his shoulders Dionysus' Power Dionysus was one of the only God's who could bring people out of the underworld of Tarturus.
He received this power from his father Zeus.
With his power he brought his mother Semele back from the dead. Festival of Dionysus Became one of the most important events of the year in Greece. Takes place in the spring when the leaves begin to re-appear on the vines, signaling wine can be re-grown. Originally took place in the theatre of Dionysus and now takes place in many theaters around Greece. Takes place in a theatre because that is where most plays are written to be performed became one of the most
important Gods in everyday life All the actors, writers and spectators are referred to as the Sacred Servants of Dionysus during the Festival. Spectators watch the plays performed by the actors, as well as sing and dance a long to these plays. Works Cited
"Dionysus." Dionysus. Google, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Dionysus/dionysus.html>.
Evangelia Hatzitsinidou. "Olympian Gods Â» Dionysus, the God of Wine and Joy." Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine in Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/dionysus/>.
"The Festival of Dionysus: The Origins of Ancient Greek Theater." Bright Hub Education. Digital Millennium, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/64195-festival-of-dionysus/>.