American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology See Dionysus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, a name of Dionysus, the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Semele, and the god of wine, personifying both its good and its bad qualities. It was the current name of this god among the Romans. The orgiastic worship of Bacchus was especially characteristic of Bœotia, where his festivals were celebrated on the slopes of Mount Cithæron, and extended to those of the neighboring Parnassus. In Attica the rural and somewhat savage cult of Bacchus underwent a metamorphosis, and reached its highest expression in the choragic literary contests in which originated both tragedy and comedy, and for which were written most of the masterpieces of Greek literature. Bacchus was held to have taught the cultivation of the grape and the preparation of wine. In early art, and less commonly after the age of Phidias, Bacchus is represented as a bearded man of full age, usually completely draped. After the time of Praxiteles he appears almost universally, except in archaistic examples, in the type of a beardless youth, of graceful and rounded form, often entirely undraped or very lightly draped. Among his usual attributes are the vine, the ivy, the thyrsus, the wine-cup, and the panther. See Dionysia, mœnad, and thiasus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Myth.) The god of wine, son of Jupiter and Semele.
- n. (classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus
- From the Latin Bacchus, from the Ancient Greek Βάκχος (Bakkhos). (Wiktionary)
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