The Symposium in Classical Cultures

What was a symposium? The symposium was an essential part of male civic life in Ancient Greece. It was an event akin to a dinner party, where men would gather to discuss matters (with a particular focus on the philosophical), to enjoy music, dancing and female company, and, crucially, to drink. It was a key  … Read more

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Dionysus: Madness, Release and Wine

Who was Dionysus? Dionysus, or Bacchus to the Romans, was the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele. A pregnant Semele begged Zeus to reveal his true form to her - mortals, however, could not look upon the undisguised form of a god without dying - and so she perished when he eventually relented. Zeus  … Read more

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