Greek name: Dionysus

Roman name: Bacchus, 

Epithets (Other Names): Liber

Parentage: Zeus-Semele

Origin: Cretan consort or Lycian vegetation deity

Concerns: ecstasy, wine

Attributes: vine, ivy, panther skin, thyrsus, grapes, escort of bacchants

Spouse: Ariadne

Lovers: None

Divine children:

Mortal children:

Major places of worship: Delphi

Important Myths: Marriage with Ariadne, Pentheus

Dionysus: Images and Texts; see also Dionysus at

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

Return to Monmouth College Department of Classics Homepage