dye-oh-NYE-suhs] The Thracian god of wine, represents not only the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficent influences. He is viewed as the promoter of civilization, a lawgiver, and lover of peace — as well as the patron deity of both agriculture and the theater. Son of Zeus and Semele.
(Bacchus) Greek god of wine; Dionysus may have been identified with the Nabataean Dushara.
Son of Zeus and the mortal Semele. God of wine and worshipped by men for the joys of life and love of festivity which he taught to them. Brought his mother back from the underworld after she had died due to the deception of jealous Hera caused Zeus to visit her in divine form. Borne children by Ariadne, whom he carried off after she had been abandoned by Theseus. Denied as a god by Pentheus, the Theban king