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Saturday, September 16, 2017

055 - The Dionysian Mysteries

In this episode, we discuss the Great Mother Cybele and her influence on the cult of Dionysos; some of the myths and the iconography of Dionysos; and Euripides’ Bacchae and the elements of Dionysiac worship

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Photo/Neolithic Statue from Catalhoyuk of a Seated Woman (Cybele?)


  1. Why were they called Mysteries?

    1. Because their rites were mysterious, i.e. reserved for the initiated, and thus many aspects of the Dionysian cult remain unknown and were lost with the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism; luckily we have the Bacchae, but even then we don't know everything.