Dionysus and Rome: Religion and Literature

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Fiachra Mac Góráin
Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, Dec 16, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
While most work on Dionysus is based on Greek sources, this collection of essays examines the god’s Roman and Italian manifestations.
Nine contributions address Bacchus’ appearance at the crossroads of Greek and Roman cultures, tracing continuities and differences between literary and archaeological sources for the god. The essays offer coverage of Dionysus in Roman art, Italian epigraphy; Latin poetry including epic, drama and elegy; and prose, including historiography, rhetorical and Christian discourse.
The introduction offers an overview of the presence of Dionysus in Italy from the archaic to the imperial periods, identifying the main scholarly trends, with treatment of key Dionysian episodes in Roman history and literature. Individual chapters address the reception of Euripides’ Bacchae across Greek and Roman literature from Athens to Byzantium; Dionysus in Roman art of the archaic and Augustan periods; the god’s relationship with Fufluns and Liber in the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE; Dionysian associations; Bacchus in Cicero; Ovid’s Tristia 5.3; Bacchus in the writings of Christian Latin writers.
The collection sheds light on a relatively understudied aspect of Dionysus, and will stimulate further research in this area.

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accommodation and resistance
The ancient reception of Euripides Bacchae from Athens to Byzantium
the archaic and Augustan periods
rethinking Dionysus in Italy between the fifth and the third centuries BCE
Dionysian associations and the Bacchanalian affair
DionysusBacchusLiber in Cicero
Bacchus and the exiled Ovid Tristia 53
Alius furor Statius Thebaid and the metamorphoses of Bacchus
Liber and Dionysus in Christian Latin literature 2nd4th centuries
Index rerum et nominum
Index locorum
Index of inscriptions and visual artefacts

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Fiachra Mac Góráin, University College London, England.

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