By Walter F. Otto
"This examine of Dionysus... is usually a brand new theogony of Early Greece." ―Publishers Weekly
"An unique analysis... of the non secular importance of the Greek delusion and cult of Dionysus." ―Theology Digest
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E . pia (£. 46 Antimachus 47 transfers the encounter of Dionysus with Lycurgus to an ~rabic Nysa, and Diodorus (3. S as the birthelace of the god48 was precisely thej\rabic QIl~. N onnus, Hesychius, and the scholia of the Iliad also have knowledge of this. In addition to e ychius, Apollonius R twdius 49 also mentions an Egyptian Ny~a. Xeno"'p hon already knows of a sa situated in S ia. 50 And finally, let us at least mention the N y sa of India. which has been referred to so often since the Hellenistic Age.
462, no. 48 ). From the collection of the Staathche Museen, Berlin. (Ace. No. 2290) PLATE CULT OF DIONYSUS P~ATE 2 Maenads ladling out wine before a robed, masked DIOnysus cl)lumn. Redrawn from stamnos painted by the Dinos painter (Frickenhaus, L eniienvasen, PI. E. Arias, A History of 1000 Years of Greek Vase Painting, pp. 372-375, PI. 206; Beazley, ARFVP2, p. 1151, no. 2 ) . From the collection of the Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Naples. (Acc. No. 2419) 3 Maenads dancing at the festival of Dionysus.
Xkated delight. And yet he, the bringer of joy, was predestined for suffering and deaththe suffering and death of a god! And to the house of his 65 DIONYSUS THE SON OF ZEUS AND SEMELE mother, to which the glory of heaven had descended, he brought not only blessedness but suffering, persecution, and destruction. But his mother, Semele, who had suffered a death in flames in her marriage with the god of the storm, was given leave to ascend from her grave to the gods of Olympus. She was one of the four daughters of King Cadmus of Thebes.