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Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses - Fun Facts about Dionysus for Kids
Interesting, short facts about Dionysus with pictures, mythological information and legends for kids

Mythical Facts about Dionysus for kids
Discover interesting information and fun facts about Dionysus, the Greek god of god of wine and festivities whose Roman counterpart was Bacchus. The fun facts about Dionysus for kids provides a list detailing fascinating information to increase your knowledge about this famous god in Greek Mythology.

Fun Facts about Dionysus for kids
Discover the legends and myths and religious beliefs surrounding this famous Greek god of wine and festivities with these fast, fun facts about Dionysus for kids and children of all ages. Additional, intriguing information about all of the ancient gods and goddesses and the mythical creatures and monsters that feature in their legends are also available via:

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Interesting Facts about Dionysus - Pictures of Dionysus
Our fast facts and information about the Greek god Dionysus are brought to life with some interesting pictures depicting his role in various myths and legends of the ancient Greeks.

Mythical Facts about Dionysus for Kids
Fact 1: He was the god of wine and festivities. The goddess Hera struck him with madness, and drove him to wander through various parts of the earth before he returned to Mount Olympus

Fact 2: The names of his parents were Zeus and Semele, a princess of Thebes. He was the only god to have a mother who was a mortal

Fact 3: He is often featured as one of the 12 Olympians but some Greek historians include the goddess Hestia - hence some of the confusion related to names of the 12 Olympian gods

Fact 4: He is often represented as the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and therefore symbolizes everything which is chaotic, dangerous and unexpected which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods.

Fact 5: One of his symbols was the thyrsos which was a magical staff or wand entwined with vine leaves with a pinecone on the top. The staff, or wand, could turn a rock into water and the water into wine

Picture of Dionysus 

Dionysus

Fact 6: Dionysus was involved in a famous conflict with King Lycurgus of Thrace. The king banned Dionysus from his kingdom and in retaliation the god sent a drought to Thrace

Fact 7: When Hephaestus bound Hera to a magical throne from which she could not escape, Dionysus got him drunk and brought him back to Olympus after he passed out

Fact 8: He taught men how to plant and tend the grapevine, press the juice and make it into wine.

Fact 9: Silenus, a satyr, acted as nurse and teacher to the little wine god.

Fact 10: He saved pirates from drowning by changing them into dolphins.

Court of King Midas

Picture of the Court of King Midas

Fact 11: Bacchanalia: His Roman counterpart was Bacchus. Rites associated with worship of the god of wine, Dionysus (or Bacchus in Roman mythology), were characterized by maniacal dancing to the sound of loud music and crashing cymbals, and revellers, called Bacchantes, whirled, shouted, became drunk and incited one another to greater and greater ecstasy.

Fact 12: He wandered the world actively encouraging his cult accompanied by the Maenads. The Maenads wild women, flushed with wine, their shoulders draped with a fawn skin, carrying rods tipped with pine cones (thyrsos).

Fact 13: He was one of the very few that was able to bring a dead person back from the underworld.

Fact 14: As he grew up he discovered the culture of the vine and the mode of extracting its precious juice. He travelled the world teaching men the art of winemaking.

Fact 15: He discovered his wife Ariadne on the island of Naxos, where she had been abandoned by Theseus

Mythical Facts about Dionysus for Kids

Fun Facts about Dionysus - Pictures of Dionysus
Whilst checking out the facts about Dionysus its a good idea to have an impression of what Dionysus might have looked like. Images, pictures and representations of the god of wine and festivities are found in the ancient sculptures, mosaics, paintings, pictures, pottery and vases that were made in ancient times. Other artists of later periods have also produced some wonderful pictures depicting their ideas of what the god might have looked like.

A Drunken Dionysus

A Drunken Dionysus

Bacchus and Ariadne
Pictures of Dionysus

In Greek Art the Olympian god he was often illustrated with images and pictures representing the attributes and symbols associated with Dionysus. Look at the pictures of Dionysus and see if you can identify any symbols associated with this famous Olympian god which are the the thyrsos (a pine-cone tipped staff), leopard, panther, tiger, goat, grapes, ivy (worn in a wreath) and goblets.

Facts about Dionysus - Olympian Gods Family Tree & Genealogy
These interesting facts about this famous god cannot be complete without the Olympian Gods Family Tree and the genealogy of these ancient deities.

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Mythical Facts about Dionysus for kids
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