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 (dī′ə-nī′səs, -nē′-)
n. Greek & Roman Mythology
The god of wine and of an orgiastic religion celebrating the power and fertility of nature. Also called Bacchus.

[Latin Dionȳsus, from Greek Dionūsos.]


(ˌdaɪəˈnaɪsəs) or


(Classical Myth & Legend) the Greek god of wine, fruitfulness, and vegetation, worshipped in orgiastic rites. He was also known as the bestower of ecstasy and god of the drama, and identified with Bacchus


or Di•o•ny•sos

(ˌdaɪ əˈnaɪ səs)

an ancient Greek and Roman fertility god, associated esp. with the vine and wine.
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On the positive side, he has included some texts not included by Morel or Buechner: the epigraphic epigram of Loreius Tiburtinus (although the more fragmentary texts from the same wall are omitted), the poem of Pompeius Lenaeus, the epigrams attributed to Virgil, the verse fragments of Varro's Hebdomades, and the more coherent portions of the Carmen de Bello Actiaco.
2) records that two familiares of Lucilius, Vettius Philocomus and Laelius Archelaus, gave public lectures on the saturae sometime after poet's death in 102, and that Valerius Cato and Pompeius Lenaeus later boasted of their study of Lucilius' work under these two men respectively.