Lecture in conjunction with ‘Dionysus’ exhibition

Presenter: Professor Alastair Blanshard

It is best to avoid the Gods. They tend to leave tragedy in their wake. This lecture revisits stories about the arrival of Dionysus into communities and the chaos that ensues. It examines what it is about Dionysus that makes him such a difficult god to welcome, but also why it might be worth the effort to do so. It also examines why stories about the travels of Dionysus should prove so popular in antiquity. From the mountains of Spain through to India, Greeks and Romans could point to monuments, institutions, and natural features that were evidence of Dionysus’ one-time presence in their local region.