The ancients believed that it was the wine-god Bacchus—Dionysos to the Greeks—who introduced the fruit of the vine and its fermented juice to humans. Said to have been born twice, first from the womb of a mortal woman and later from the thigh of his father Zeus, Bacchus spent his early years traveling throughout the then-known world, sharing his gift to all who would accept him. But how could anyone believe such a story? Could there be any facts behind such a strange tale? An examination of ancient literature and modern archaeological science may provide us with the answer.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
Growing Up Bacchus: An Archaeological Look at a Wine-god’s Early Years
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Albert Leonard, Jr.
Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted