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Tales of Dionysius - Analysis of Myths

Hi, I am currently needing assistance with a paper I am writing. The paper should explain the myth in question from the perspective of the society it occurs, relating it, if possible, to an example of a similar myth occurring in modern-day culture. I need about 400 words, plus 2 slides on this. This is all I have in terms of information, so far. Any help would be appreciated.

Tales of Dionysius

A.Narrative of Tales of Dionysius in relation to Genitalia Myths

1.Dionysius asks a young Prosymnus for directions and he agrees to reveal the directions if Dionysus agrees to have sex with him upon his return. Prosymnus dies awaiting the return of Dionysus. So to keep his promise Dionysus carves a stick into the shape of a phallus from fig wood. He plants it on the grave of Prosymnus and performs the desired sex act.

2.Dionysius is honored at Athen's annual festival by an impersonator carrying a statue of Dionysus and a replica of his phallus.

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Dear Student,
I have written a longer solution for you - 400 words is a little too limiting to ground the necessary narrative. Attached is the word version and additional sample slides. Good luck!

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Genitalia Myth: Dionysius and the Graeco-Roman Practice of Bacchanalia

Euripides, Bacchae 455 ff :
"[Pentheus addresses Dionysus :] `Your body is not ill-formed, stranger, for women's purposes . . . For your hair is long, not through wrestling, scattered over your cheeks, full of desire; and you have a white skin from careful preparation, hunting after Aphrodite by your beauty not exposed to strokes of the sun, but beneath the shade.'"
- Description of Dionysius by Euripides in his work, Bacchae

The Graeco-Roman deity Dionysius was said to have been an adaptation of an Anatolian wine & rites God whose other name in the Pantheon was Bacchus. When the Romans adapted Dionysius into their Pantheon of Gods, he quickly came to symbolise sexuality and wantonness given the fact that he was the God of Spirits - wine and alcoholic drinks that the Romans enjoyed to consume. Dionysius the Romans believe liberates his followers from the confines of the self by either madness or ecstasy or through wine. Because of his love for wine, he was also seen as a patron of agriculture and the theatre.

The Bacchanalia, a mysterious Roman ritual whereby only women originally attended was in honour of Dionysius. Soon however, the Bacchanalia became something of a 'cult' affair ...