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Dionysus (The Early Years)

  • Introduction

    Dionysus was a total rock star. This god made it his mission to go around the world inspiring everybody he met to jam out with him and his groupies, the Maenads and satyrs. In a lot of cases, it didn't take much convincing, since he was also giving the world its first taste of wine. Just as any tabloid will tell you, though, there's always a dark side lurking beneath the glam and glitz If people refused Dionysus... well, let's just say he got more than a little ornery.

    In this story, you not only get the dirt on the D-man's meteoric rise to super-stardom, but also his seriously crazy beginnings. You can look at it as a "behind the music" on one the most intense gods of all time. Trust us, it's way more exciting than some he-grew-up-in-the-suburbs-and started-taking-guitar-lessons-when-he-was-12 kind of story. Our buddy Dionysus had an explosive birth that launched him into an equally explosive reign as the god of wine and rebirth.