Finally We’re Talking About Zagreus, Are You Happy? The Orphic Thrice Born Dionysus
Zagreus, Zagreus, Zagreus. What a mess of a story. It's gross, it's weird, it's both an afterthought and supremely important. Welcome to the story of thrice born Dionysus, better known as Zagreus.
CW/TW: **this episode includes particularly egregious assault and incest, even for Greek myth** far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.
Sources: Early Greek Myths by Timothy Gantz; Nonnus' Dionysiaca, translated by William Henry Denham Rouse. Further reading: Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods by Dwayne A. Meisner; The “Orphic” Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, Radcliffe G. Edmonds III; The Orphic Hymns, translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow. See last week's episode for even more Orphic sources.
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