Greek Mythology: Dionysus (Bacchus)
Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art
Dionysus (Roman: Bacchus) was the Greek god of wine, revelry, and drunkenness. Dionysus was, naturally, a very popular god with quite a few people. His festivals were among the most interesting and most wild. His father was Zeus (the name, Dio-nysos may mean son of Zeus or son of god), his mother was the mortal princess Semele, his wife was Ariadne, and his son was Priapus.
Unlike other gods, Dionysus had no obvious, fixed character. He could be either masculine or effeminate, young or old, human or animal. In crossing such boundaries he personally took on the central attribute of the cults centered around him: the transgression of social norms, traditions, and boundaries. Dionysus is also the only one of the Greek gods who had a mortal parent (offspring between mortals and gods usually became demigods or heroes, not full-fledged members of the Olympian pantheon).