The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 38: Dionysos on Delos

Dionysos, god of wine, fruitfulness, and ecstatic revelry, was honored alongside Apollo and Artemis on Delos and nearby Mykonos. Join Thor and me as we visit his sanctuary.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

As I discussed in my 2017 blog posts about our visit to sacred Delphi on mainland Greece, where Apollo ruled during the summer and Dionysos during the winter, the two gods could be said to represent opposing aspects of the human psyche. Apollo, as the somewhat aloof god of reason, music, and prophecy, also somewhat surprisingly was the god of pestilence that could strike crowded cities if they didn’t follow proper hygiene. Dionysos, a relative newcomer among the Olympian deities, offered a more personal and emotional attachment to his human followers, as they could partake of his gift of grapes/wine and allow expression of the mysterious, irrational, and sensual aspects of their psyches. Here on Delos, “officially” Apollo’s island, evidence shows that Dionysos was very popular, as was Apollo’s virgin huntress sister Artemis. Today we’ll take a walk through the Sanctuary of Dionysos and glimpse some of his images in the Delos museum.

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