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Introduction. Dionysus and Rome: accommodation and resistance

Mac Góráin, F; (2019) Introduction. Dionysus and Rome: accommodation and resistance. In: Mac Góráin, F, (ed.) Dionysus and Rome. Religion and literature. De Gruyter: Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

This introductory chapter provides a wide-angle history of the presence of Dionysus/Bacchus/Liber on Italian soil from the archaic to the early Christian periods, covering archaeological and literary sources. In parallel, it surveys the main scholarly trends on the Italian versions of Dionysus, and emplots the contributions to this volume in a history of scholarship. The main focus of the chapter, which is programmatic for the volume, is the interface of Greek and Roman cultures, and whether it is possible to identify and define (an) Italian version(s) of Dionysus. It posits two aspects to the Romans’ reception of Bacchus, which may be termed ‘accommodation’ and ‘resistance’. The interplay between these two levels of response will inform an analytic narrative that assesses the relationship between the Greek Dionysus and the Roman Liber, embracing interpretatio and religious polymorphism, and addressing some of the most important Dionysian manifestations in Roman culture: the founding of the temple of Ceres, Liber and Libera; the Bacchanalia; the Liberalia; Roman leaders’ uses of Dionysus; the poets’ references to Bacchus; and a brief glance at the Bacchic-Christian interface.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction. Dionysus and Rome: accommodation and resistance
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-067156-8
DOI: 10.1515/9783110672237-001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110672237-001
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082451
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