"Dionysus (Διονύσιος) was a latecomer to Mount Olympus. He was the only god to have a mortal parent. Dionysus was a two-sided god. On one side, he is the gentle planter of the vine. On the other, he is a wild drinker, inspiring his followers to commit terrible acts through their intoxication. Satyrs, half-men half-goat creatures, were said to be the companions of Dionysus, along with his fanatical female followers the maenads. Followers of Dionysus gathered in the wilderness and drank themselves into a wild frenzy. More often than not their gatherings ended with violence. In many stories, kings, who do not approve of the new god or the behavior he promotes, forbids his worship. This probably reflects Greek society's displeasure with the worshipers of Dionysus, whom many viewed as hedonistic drunks. Despite his late addition by the gods and his initial opposition from men, Dionysus became one of the most popular additions to the Greek pantheon. Athens dedicated its springtime drama festival to the god, solidifying his place as patron of the theatre."
– Paraphrased from MythologyTeacher, [www.mythologyteacher.com/Galle…
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