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Dionysus (Bacchus)

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Dionysus (a.k.a. Bacchus) is the god of wine, theater, and revelry. Wherever this guy goes, a party erupts around him. He is constantly surrounded by a wild gathering of female followers called Maenads, or Bacchantes, as well as a herd of Satyrs, creatures with the upper bodies of men, but the legs and horns of goats. Quite a motley crew. The gatherings of Dionysus' followers are more than just wild parties, though; they are also sacred rituals in which worshipers dance and drink themselves into a state of ecstasy to become closer to their god. And as crazy as he is, Dionysus also sparked some pretty important cultural phenomena, like Greek theater, which – rumor has it – evolved from his rituals.

Basic Information

Name

Dionysus

Nickname

Bacchus, Mr. D, Liber, Dionysos

Sex

Male

Current city

Mount Olympus

Work & Education

Occupation

God of Wine, Theater, and Revelry

Education

Silenus' Bartending Institute
Hermes' School of Femininity
Chiron's Academy of Dance

Beliefs

Political views

Anarchy

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Zeus (father)
Semele (mother)

Children

You ready for this?

With Ariadne: Oenopion, Staphylos, Thoas, Peparethus, Phanus, Eurymedon, Euanthes, Latramys, Tauropolis, Ceramus, Maron
With Aphrodite: Iacchus, Priapus, Hymen, The Graces (Pasithea, Euphrosyne, Thalia)
With Nyx: Phthonus
With Althaea: Deianira
With Circe: Comus

Friends

Satyrs
Nymphs
Maenads
Pan
Silenus
Hermes

Enemies

Hera
King Pentheus
Pirates
The Nation of India

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Ariadne
Flings with Aphrodite, Aura, Beroe, Kronois, Nikaia, Althaia, Erigone, Pallene, Physkoa, Ampelos, Polymnos.
Yeah, I get around.

Interested in

Everybody. Clearly (see above).

Favorites

Quotations

"But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party."
– Andy Warhol

"Wine is bottled poetry."
– Robert Louis Stevenson

"[N]o party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.”
– Erasmus

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so I may wet my mind and say something clever."
– Aristophanes

"Drink, and dance and laugh and lie,
Love the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)"
– Dorothy Parker

Books

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Bacchae by Euripides
The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Theater and Its Double by Antonin Artaud
The Little Black Book of Wine by Elizabeth Poyet and Kerren Barbas Steckler
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Medea by Euripides

Music

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 ft. Christine Aguilera
Rock and Roll All Night by Kiss
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
White Nights by Oh Land
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) by The Beastie Boys
Party Rock by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennet
Anarchy in UK by The Sex Pistols
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) by Elton John

Movies

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief
Sideways
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
House Party
Dazed and Confused
The Bacchae (the guy who played me was on Buffy, too!)
The Hangover
The Big Lebowski
Superbad

Activities & Interests

Likes

Oktoberfest
Bullfighting
Winning
Happy Hour
Burning Man

Interests

Oenology (basically, wine studying)
Theater
Botany
Gender studies
History of warfare

Groups

Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
Who Needs Clothes in Public
Wine Enthusiast
Real Men Show Their Feminine Side