Bacchus Day

Danish Modern Bacchus Satyr Sculpture by Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen (LEO Design)

Bacchus is the Roman name of the demi-god, also known as “Dionysus” by the Greeks.  His father was Zeus and his mother was the human female, Semele. Bacchus was the god of wine-making, theatre and merriment, but also of sexual frenzy, ecstasy and extravagance. He would be accompanied on his wild, “Bacchanalian” benders by The Maenads (wild, naked women) and by drunken satyrs (such as the little fellow, above).  Widely popular—indeed, worshiped—Bacchus was the last of the Twelve Olympians to be admitted to the Mount. He was also the youngest and the only one of the twelve to have a mortal mother. In pre-Christian Italy, his feast days were celebrated on the 16th and 17th of March near the Aventine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills.

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