In return for his help he asked the god to lie with him. 700 BCE), Eros was a primeval god, son of Chaos, the original primeval emptiness of the universe, but later tradition made him the son of Aphrodite, goddess of sexual love and beauty, by either Zeus (the king of the gods), Ares (god of war and of battle), or Hermes (divine messenger of the gods).

"Thank you for your time anyway Eros. I would not give you roses, shooting up from the flowercups of a rosy cluster, for roses are in your cheeks.’ He thought he might visit Aphrodite and her son to see if they might treat Phoebus with more kindness, because he could only see woe as far as loves of the Pythian god went.

Thus day after day, midday and afternoon, morning and evening, the god lingered in the pinewood, waiting for the girl and ever willing to wait; for men can have enough of all things, of sweet sleep and melodious song, and when one turns in the moving dance--but only the man mad for love never has enough of his longing . Unsated, in the delicious forests of Lebanon, Dionysos was left along beside the lonely girl. He had then no hope of the girl's love, no physic for his passion; but Eros burnt him more and more with the mindbewitching fire to win mad obstinate Aura at last. This page describes the various liaisons of the god. Perhaps in time you will help Apollo without meaning to, and you will not be angry any longer, but will find yourself carefree as you should be.". He moved closer to the wine god, smirking, unwary, reacting involuntarily to Dionysus' inviting demeanor. still more she killed the goatherds, killed their whole flocks of goats .

. POLYMNOS or HYPLIPNOS (Polymnus or Hyplipnus) A man of Argos (southern Greece) who showed Dionysos the way to the underworld. Eros stamped his foot in frustration before he noticed that by the door stood an intricately wrought amphora filled with wine so fragrant that he was drawn across the room, and had started drinking it before he had time to give it a thought. Nonnus, Dionysiaca 42. At times, the wine god noticed, Eros looked like mischief, but a cruel sort, unlike that of Hermes, the kind that toyed with hearts and twisted fates. Dionysos won Pallene in a wrestling match. One fraud fitted marriage on us both, one husband was Aura's and made virgin Nikaia the mother of children.’", Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48. . DIONYSOS was the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and frenzy. ", Ovid, Metamorphoses 6. . The maiden Archeress [Artemis] was terrified at this heartless mother, and seized the other child of Aura, then she hastened away through the wood; holding the boy, an unfamiliar burden in her nursing arm. . In these three celebrations Athens held high revel; in the dance lately made, the Athenians beat the step in honour of Zagreus and Bromios and Iakkhos all together. For there was not the smallest comfort for him. 64 (trans.

Bakkhos watched the girl's sweet neck, her ankles as she walked, beauty which nature had given her, the beauty which nature had made: for no ruddy ornament for the skin had Beroe smeared on her round rosy face, no meretricious rouge put a false blush on her cheeks. This is the origin of these phalloi.

"His words have haunted me since I was a child, true though it was that I shall never reach his stature.

Dionysus visits Eros on Apollo's behalf just after the incident with Daphne. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) : Butterworth) (Greek Christian rhetoric C2nd A.D.) : I beseech you, in the name of that bed on the ground where the marriage was consummated, what bridegifts did Dionysos your husband bring? . Cf. I think Athena will listen sooner; and not intrepid Artemis avoids me so much as prudish Aura. spoke thus : ‘Aura, I have suffered as you have [raped by Dionysos], and you too lament you your maidenhood . Curi… Eros was a god of love.

Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C.

It was a favour of lust, this reward which Dionysos was asked for. . . 407 ff (trans.Boyle) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. So the wedding was like a dream; for the capering dances, the hill skipt and leapt of itself, the Hamadryas half-visible shook her agemate fir--only maiden Ekho did not join in the mountain dance, but shamefast hid herself unapproachable under the foundations of the rock, that she might not behold the wedding of womanmad Dionysos. Yet Artemis spoke the word that shot out the delivery, the womb of Aura was loosened, and twin children came forth of themselves; therefore from these twins (didymoi) the highpeaked mountain of Rheia was called Dindymon . If she would only say as much as this with her dear lips--"Bakkhos, your desire is vain; seek not for maiden Aura. It was furnished with ornately gilded couches, intimate pools, fountains, and accompanying benches, and a heady ambrosial smell permeated the air. She consulted no shining mirror of bronze with its reflection a witness to her looks, she laughed at no lifeless form of a mimic face to estimate her beauty, she was not for ever arranging the curls over her brows, and setting in place some stray wandering lock of hair by her eyebrows with cunning touch. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) : Silverarm cares not for silver! . Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :

In the Theogony of Hesiod (fl. He arrived some time before dark and made himself comfortable. . Its cause, too, takes a moment to teach. 64 (trans. . 865 ff : There has been a discussion, or perhaps debate, over the words “eros” and “agape” amongst Christian theologian for quite some time.A certain amount of this discussion, or debate, focuses on the works of pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, and specifically his use of eros instead of agape in The Divine Names. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. Then Lelantos's daughter sprang up with wandering foot in the wild temper of a shaggycrested lioness, tore one child from the wild beast's jaws and hurled it like a flash into the stormy air: the newborn child fell from the air headlong into the whirling dust upon the ground, and she caught him up and gave him a tomb in her own maw--a family dinner indeed! : Suidas s.v. . Both must agree to an oath, since I fear for the girl's neighbouring city where I am known as Cityholder, that because of Beroe's beauty I may lose Beroe's home. . The author would like to thank you for your continued support. Dionysos threatening the sea danced into the fray with vineleaves and thyrsus, seated in the [lion-drawn] chariot of his [foster] mother mountainranging Rheia .
"Oineus . He [Zeus breaking up the contest] granted the hand of Beroe to Earthshaker [Poseidon], and pacified the rivals' quarrel. there was the living plant of Amyclain iris; there sang the nightingales over the spring blossoms, flying in troops above the clustering flowers. He was killed while trying to ride a wild bull, and transformed into the first vine plant and/or the constellation Vindemitor (Grape-Picker) by the mourning god. As punishment for her promiscuity, Hera cursed her with an ugly child, Priapos.

to 2nd A.D.) : 407 ff (trans.Boyle) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. . ARIADNE A princess of the island of Krete (Greek Aegean) who was discovered and wed by Dionysos on the island of Naxos. Dionysus was never without his wiles. "Priapos : was conceived from Zeus and Aphrodite; but Hera in a jealous rage laid hands by a certain trickery on the belly of Aphrodite and readied a shapeless and ugly and over-meaty babe to be born. The waves of the river covered her up, and Kronion [Zeus] turned her into a fountain . 6 (trans. After the bed of Bromios, after the delirium of childbirth, huntress Aura would escape the reproach of her wedding, for she still held in reverence the modesty of her maiden state. .

ə ˈ n aɪ s ə s /; Greek: Διόνυσος) is the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth..
", Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. Now again Dionysos has stolen a marriage bed, and ravished another maiden: woodland Aura in the mountains, who shrank once from the very name of love, has seen a marriage the image of yours. So then, when Liber came to that place and was about to descend, he left the crown, which he had received as a gift from Venus [Aphrodite], at that place which in consequence is called Stephanos (Crown). .

He told her his name and family, the slaughter of the Indians, how he found out for man the vine-dance and the sweet juice of wine to drink; then in loving passion he mingled audacity with a boldness far from modesty, and his flattering voice uttered this ingratiating speech : ‘Maiden, for your love I have even renounced my home in heaven. 240 ff (trans. When the vinebridegroom had consummated his wedding on that silent bed, he lifted cautious foot and kissed the bride's lovely lips, loosed the unmoving feet and hands, brought back the quiver and bow from the rock and laid them beside his bride. 1 (trans. While Bakkhos would be preparing a cunning device for her bed, Lelantos's daughter wandered about seeking a fountain, for she was possessed with parching thirst. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Nonnus, Dionysiaca 48. . "Dionysos called Nikaia, his own Kybeleid Nymphe . . She [Aura] took the babes and laid them in the den of a lioness for her dinner. It was only late Autumn and he been there for only a few days. She may have been the mother of the Eleusinian god Iakkhos.

In company with Beroe's father [Adonis], the son of Myrrha, he showed his hunting-skill. Only a short extract from the poem is currently quoted here. 31. . . It was created in 225 BC, the creator of this Who will mention the sweet sting of love or the name of Kyprogeneia [Aphrodite]? Then he tied the girl's feet together with indissoluble bonds, and passed a cord round and round her hands that she might not escape him: he laid the maiden down in the dust, a victim heavy with sleep ready for Aphrodite, and stole the bridal fruit from Aura asleep. This page describes the various liaisons of the god. ", For MORE information on this Titaness see AURA, LOCALE : Sithonia and Pallene, Thrake (North of Greece). Eros was fashioning and polishing his arrows, then sorting them with care. . Dionysos was left alone! ... Dionysus … With gentle hand he put away the girl's neat quiver and hid the bow in a hole in the rock, that she might not shake off Sleep's wing and shoot him. Dionysos put on a serious look, the trickster! When she saw equal desire and ardour of love in both, she announced that the rivals must fight for the bride, a war for a wedding, a battle of love. [See Family]. . I saw your husband clearly enough; you were in the bed, your body heavy with sleep, you did not move when Dionysos wedded you. Argive Adrasteia ([Nemesis] let the whip with its vipers curl round the maiden's girdle, doing pleasure to Artemis and to Dionysos while he was still indignant [at losing his love Beroe to Poseidon]; and although she was herself unacquainted with love, she prepared another love [i.e.

He took Dionysus' hand and enclosed it in his own, crushing it with a grip caused by more than carelessness. 567 ff (trans. .

", Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Greeks 2. "He does that which can be done by no one else, have you ever witnessed the difficulty of steering Helios through the Milky Way, considered the heights and depths which he must traverse with a such a team, spirited and fiery as the sun himself?