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date: 13 August 2020

Dionysus 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

is the twice‐born son of Zeus and Semele. Snatched prematurely from the womb of his dying mother and carried to term by his father, he was born from the thigh of Zeus. Perceived as both man and animal, male and effeminate, young and old, he is the most versatile and elusive of all Greek gods. His myths and cults are often violent and bizarre, a challenge to the established social order. Always on the move, he is the most ... ...

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