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The Roman God Bacchus
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Bacchus, were related.

Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.

Mythology surrounding Bacchus
The mythology and information about the Roman God Bacchus

  • Name: Bacchus
  • Gender Male: Bacchus was a Roman God
  • Jurisdiction: Bacchus was described as being the Roman God of wine
  • Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: Bacchus was believed to be the God of Wine and drama. Bacchus was the son of Jupiter and Semele
  • Depiction / Description / Symbol: a bunch of grapes and a wine cup
  • Name of equivalent Greek God : Dionysus

Festivals and Sacrifices to the Roman God Bacchus

  • March 15 and 16 was the notorious Bacchanalia, in honour of Bacchus the god of wine
  • Bacchanalia were held in secret and initially attended by women only, in the grove of Simila, near the Aventine Hill in Rome. Admission to the rites were subsequently extended to men and celebrations took place five times a month. The term bacchanalia has since been extended to refer to any drunken revelry.
  • Sacrifices to Bacchus - During sacrifices to the Roman gods the sex of the victim had to correspond to the sex of the god to whom it was offered. White animals were given to the gods of the upper world whereas black victims to the gods of the underworld

Myths about the Roman God Bacchus
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