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Why Did Ancient Greek Actors Wear Theater Masks?

One of the most enduring art forms from ancient Greece is that of theater. Greek tragedies and comedies are a touchstone for understanding ancient Greece's culture -- from Euripedes to Sophocoles -- and their written forms are still widely...

Dionysus, the Astonishingly Modern Olympic God

By Patrick Garner The ancient Greeks considered Dionysus the 12th and final Olympic god. He was not taken seriously by his father Zeus nor by most of the other gods. His mother Semele was an unfortunate village girl who had...

Dionysus’ Invasion to India in Greek Mythology

According to ancient myths, Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine, invaded India long before Alexander the Great was born. Dionysus is an Ancient Greek god and also part of the Roman pantheon. He was known as Bacchus to the...

The Top Five Craziest Greek Gods

As we count down the top five crazy Greek gods, many will wish to know who the absolute craziest is. But what should the criteria for crazy be exactly? This is difficult to say. Calling people crazy is sometimes insulting....

How the Cult of God Bacchus was Banned in Ancient Rome

In 186 AD, Ancient Rome, which had been notably tolerant, began violently persecuting followers of the cult of god Bacchus. Something of the sort had never before been witnessed in Ancient Rome, and it wouldn't come about again until...

Statuary Heads of Greek Gods Unearthed in Ancient City of Aizanoi

The sculpted heads of Greek gods Aphrodite and Dionysus were recently unearthed in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey. The heads of both Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of wine, "are important findings for...

Ancient Winepress that Depicts Greek Gods Discovered in Israel

Excavations in Zippori National Park, Israel, recently revealed Byzantine-era winepresses and structures, one of which has a mosaic depicting what appears to be a wine-drinking contest between the Greek gods Dionysus and Heracles. The site of the Zippori National Park...

The History of Wine in Ancient Greece

The recorded history of wine in Ancient Greece begins around the 15th century BC, while viticulture appears to have existed as early as in the Neolithic era, 6,500 years ago

Bust of Greek God of Wine-Making Unearthed in England

Archaeologists have discovered an important artifact in Cockermouth, England - a bust of the ancient Greek deity Silenus associated with Dionysus. Dionysus was an ancient Greek god who was related with various things such as grape harvest, winemaking, orchards and...

Shrine of Greek God Dionysus Discovered at Leicester Cathedral

An ancient Roman shrine, possibly of the Greek god Dionysus, was discovered buried beneath the graveyard of Leicester Cathedral in the United Kingdom. The find, along with thousands of others, was identified by archaeologists during preparatory excavations for the construction ...