The Greek God of Wine
He travels in a band that usually contains Satyrs (creatures with a human body, but goat-like legs) and bacchantes (extremely devoted women followers).
Dionysus carries a thyrsos, a staff with a pine cone on the top and usually a drinking cup. He is occasionally by a leopard and grape vines.
Because he only has one immortal parent, he had trouble convincing the Gods that he was one of them. Hera, Zeus's wife, hated Dionysus because his mother was Semele and Hera was jealous of her. Dionysus wanted Hera to like him and to be accepted as one of the Gods, so he help Hera out of a trap. Hera had a son, Hephaestus, who was ugly, so she banished him from Olympus. He tricked her into a chair with invisible constraints. Dionysus then got Hephaestus drunk and convinced him to undo the bonds. Because of this, Hera lessened her hatred to him and accepted him as a god.
Dionysus' wife is named Ariadne. Ariadne helped Theseus, a hero, defeat the Minotaur, a monster with the body of a bull. They planned to marry, but Dionysus stole Ariadne from Theseus and they fell in love.
Dionysus and the Tuscan Pirates
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