Study Guide

Dionysus (Bacchus) Sightings

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Dec 20, 2019

The Bacchae by Euripides

Euripides' tragedy gives the full report on Dionysus, from his crazy birth story to his war on King Pentheus of Thebes. In fact, Dionysus himself gets to tell most of it, so we're pretty sure he'd approve.

Dec 20, 2019

The Frogs by Aristophanes

Aristophanes was not psyched about the current state of tragic theater in his day. In his comedy, he depicts Dionysus as he travels to the Underworld to try to get some good playwrights back in the game. The god of wine ends up judging a contest between Aeschylus and Euripides to decide who deserves to return to the living world. Simon Cowell, watch out.

Dec 20, 1497

Bacchus by Michelangelo

If Michelangelo sculpts him, you know he's a big deal. Dionysus isn't in great form in this marble sculpture; he's a little tipsy, to say the least.

Dec 20, 2019

Fantasia by Disney

The god of wine brings the party to Disney's animated classic. He's definitely in his chubby form here, but he's not ashamed.

Dec 20, 2019

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Dionysus shows up to help out Aslan in this fantasy adventure. He scares the kids a bit (no wonder) but spices up their adventure with some typical Dionysus fun. Dance party!

Dec 20, 1974

The Frogs by Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim

In this modern musical remake of the comedy by Aristophanes, Dionysus once again travels to the Underworld to bring back a great playwright; this time, though, the contest is between George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare. Neat.

Dec 20, 1997 - Dec 20, 1999

Hercules by Disney

Dionysus is back for more Disney love, putting in some tipsy cameos in this animated film and TV series that re-imagine the adventures of Hercules.

Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Dionysus makes an appearance as Mr. D, the unwilling director of Camp Half-Blood. This one's worth checking out, big time.


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