Dionysos Exciter to Frenzy - Vikki Bramshaw
Dionysos is one of the most complex, paradoxical deity of the ancient world; he embodies both death and rebirth, initiation and possession, the heavens and the cthonic earth. This book is an excellent introduction for the general reader, being grounded in the written sources and archaeological remains from the ancient world. Bramshaw unpacks the god's attributes, worship and myth, as well as his role in mystery traditions. As well, she spends some time looking in particular at Dionysos' exceptional affinity with women in ancient rites. Scholarly but highly accessible, this is an excellent introduction to a compelling, alluring god.
London: Avalonia Books, 2013. Paperback, 238 pages. New.