Facts about Bacchus
Bacchus was not only the god of wine but he was also the Roman god of good-cheer, hilarity, mirth and revels. The festival called Bacchanalia was held in his honor. The terrible reputation of these festivals, notorious for their debauchery and where all kinds of crimes and political conspiracies were supposed to be planned, led to a ban on these festivals. In 186 B.C. the Roman Senate issued a decree, the so called 'Senatus consultum de Bacchanalibus' by which the Bacchanalia were prohibited throughout the whole of Italy, except in certain special cases, in which the senate reserved the right of allowing them. The following facts and profile provides a fast overview of Bacchus:
Bacchus Profile & Fact File
Roman Name: Bacchus
Role & Function: His function is described as being the god of wine and drama
Status: Major God and one of the 'Dei Consentes', the Council of Gods.
Symbols: Bunch of grapes and a wine cup
Alternate Name: Liber
Greek Counterpart: The Greek name for this god was Dionysus
Name of Wife: Ariadne
Name of Father: Jupiter
Name of Mother: Semele, the daughter of Cadmus
Names of Children: Names of his children by Ariadne were Oenopion, Thoas, Staphylos and Peparethus. Other children, by Venus, included the Charites, Hymenaios and Priapus
Facts about Bacchus in Greek Mythology and History
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History and Mythical Facts about Bacchus
Fact 1 about Bacchus: He was the son of Jupiter and Semele and the husband of Ariadne
Fact 2 about Bacchus: Silenus was the tutor of Bacchus and was generally represented on an ass.
Fact 3 about Bacchus: The Thyrsus was the name of the vine encircled wand borne by the followers of the god
Fact 4 about Bacchus: Telete was the goddess of initiation into the Bacchic orgies
Fact 5 about Bacchus: Acratopotes was the god of unmixed wine and incontinence and Adephagia was the spirit of satiety and gluttony
Fact 6 about Bacchus: He features in the Myth of King Midas
Fact 7 about Bacchus: The Pleiades, the Seven Sisters were famous Oreads, mountain nymphs and were associated with Bacchus with whom they frolicked in the woody hills where many lived
Fact 8 about Bacchus: Liber was another name given to the god of wine and revelry. The Liberalia were festivals held in honor of the god. The Liberalia, was celebrated on the 17th of March
Fact 9 about Bacchus: Bacchanalia was the festival to the god was held between March 15 and 16
Fact 9 about Bacchus: Bacchanalia were held in in the grove of Simila, near the Aventine Hill in Rome. It was initially attended by women only with many secret rites. The Latin word 'orgia' originally meant "secret rites" and from which the modern word 'orgy' is derived.
Fact 10 about Bacchus: The Bacchantes was the name given to female followers of the god
Fact 11 about Bacchus: Admission to the Bacchanalian rites were subsequently extended to men and celebrations took place five times a month.
Fact 12 about Bacchus: The term 'bacchanalia' is used to refer to any drunken revelry.
Fact 13 about Bacchus: There were many temples erected to him by the Romans. Sacrifices to the god were the goat and the swine because these animals were destructive to the vine.