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According to the myth, Zeus fell in love with Semele and after lying with her and impregnating her, he promised to grant her whatever her heart's desire might be. Hera, who had become aware of her husband's infidelity, made
approaches to Semele and persuaded her to ask Zeus one single favour: That he should appear to her in the form in which he married Hera. At first, Zeus refused to grant her wish, but because he could not break the oath that
he had sworn he came to her room in his chariot, amid all the effects of a terrible storm and hurling his thunderbolt, which caused Semele's death.
But Ge, took pity on Semele's unborn child, and ordered an ivy plant to grow over the pillars of the house, protecting the baby from the flames. Zeus immediately
cut open his own thigh, put the embryo into his own flesh and nurtured it there until its time came to be born. When that hour arrived, he cut his thigh open again
and Dionysus came into the world as 'fire-born', 'tigh-sewn' and 'twice-born'.
Zeus knew, however, that Hera would not be long in pursuing the child, and so he gave it to Semele's sister Ino, who had married king Athamas of Boeotia, to bring up.
But Hera soon found Dionysus, whereupon Zeus changed his son into a goat and entrusted Hermes with the task of taking him to Mount Nysa, where the Nymphs took over his upbringing in a cave with abundant wild vines. Dionysus never escaped from the wrath of Hera, even when he grew to manhood: she drove him mad and caused him to wander aimlessly from place to place. These travels took him to Egypt, Syria and ultmately Phrygia, where Rhea cured him and taught him the rites that would later be performed in his honour. Then Dionysus resumed his journeying,
teaching people wherever he went the rites he had learned and spreading knowledge of viticulture.
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