Dionysus Compare and Constrast Essay

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Dionysus, also known by his Roman name Bacchus, which he appears to have two different
origins. Dionysus was the god of wine, agriculture and fertility of nature, but on the
other hand he also represents the mystery in religions. Scholars believe that this god
came about later in pre-history, unlike other gods. Almost all barbarian nations had their
own versions of Dionysus under many names such as, Bacchus, Zagreus, Sabazius, Adonis,
Antheus, Zalmoxis, Pentheus, Pan, Liber Pater, or simply "the liberator." His symbol was
the thyrsus, (which is a staff tipped with a pinecone, sometimes with ivy leaves)

Dionysus was born of fire, he was good and gentle to those who honored him, but he also
brought madness and destruction to those who ignored him or the rituals of his cult. "One
day, Zeus was traveling on Earth. He wore a disguise; because undisguised no mortal could
look at him and live. He came to Thebes, and Ancient City of Greece where he fell in love
with Semele, the daughter of King Cadmus.

Their love was immense, and before they knew she became pregnant.

Semele wanted nothing else but to look into the eyes of her true love. Her nurse, who
happened to be the disloyal Hera in disguise, influenced her cruelly. Semele could not
stand it any longer and finally, she asked Zeus to give her a good fortune. He was deeply
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