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Mythology: Dionysus And Semele

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Semele was the daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, king and queen of Thebes,
and the mother of Dionysus, god of wine. Zeus fell madly in love with her and
made an oath to do anything that she asked. Hera, the jealous wife of
Zeus,realized Zeus was in love with Semele and tricked Semele into asking Zeus
to let her see him in his majesty. Bound by an oath, Zeus appeared before the
unfortunate woman in all his divine glory. (Morford-Lenardon 187) As she looked
at him, she was consumed by the lightening bolts and light that radiated from
him. Zeus was able to rescue her unborn child, Dionysus, and hid him in his side
until it was ready to be born.

Hermes carried Dionysus to be cared for by the nymphs of Nysa-the
loveliest of earth's valleys.(Hamilton 65) When Dionysus had grown up, he
wandered to many far and strange places. Everywhere he went he taught men the
culture of the vine and mysteries of his worship and everywhere he had been, he
was accepted as a god.

Dionysus went to Thebes to establish his worship, since that was his
mother's city. He was accompanied by the Maenads. Pentheus, the King of Thebes,
was not happy with the behavior of this group of strangers. He ordered his
soldiers to imprison the visitors, but he had no idea that Dionysus was a new

The soldiers tried to ...

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