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Dionysus in Rome

Mac Góráin, F; (2017) Dionysus in Rome. In: Zajko, V and Hoyle, H, (eds.) A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology. (pp. 323-336). John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, USA.

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the evidence for Dionysus' early accommodation in Italy, and presents a series of snapshots involving Dionysian ritual or role-playing from Roman history. It presents a survey of the “reception” of Dionysus in Italy and it is complicated by the fact that the evidence does not enable the determination whether Dionysus was in fact 'imported' from the Greek world onto Italian soil, or how he came to be associated and ultimately identified with the Italic Liber and the Etruscan Fufluns. The main festival celebrated at the Temple of Ceres was the Cerealia, but the earliest fasti (Roman festival calendars), also attest Liberalia for March 17. A sign of Augustine's personal distance from the worship of Bacchus/Liber is that he conflates Liberalia with the more notorious Bacchanalia. Dionysus is a prominent subject of interest for the early Christian fathers owing to his many points of contact with Christ, including their connection with eternal life.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dionysus in Rome
ISBN-13: 9781444339604
DOI: 10.1002/9781119072034.ch22
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bacchanalia; Dionysius' Greek perspective; Etruscan Fufluns; fasti; Liberalia; Roman festival calendars; Roman history; Temple of Ceres
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559627
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