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Dionysus

mythology wine god greek

Dionysus, in Greek mythology, god of wine and fertility, generally thought of as a son of Zeus. He founded the art of vine cultivation. In early times his devotees, notably the Maenads, practiced an orgiastic cult of divine possession. Greek drama developed from the celebrations in honor of Dionysus. The Romans identified their wine god Bacchus with Dionysus.

See also: Mythology.

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