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Who is Dionysos? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-23T08:41:51+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Dionysos is the god of wine and grapes For the Greeks, Dionysos was a fertility god like Demeter. But while Demeter was the goddess of dry things growing, like grain, Dionysos was the god of wet things growing. That meant fruit of all kinds, but especially grapes (and the wine that people made [...]

What are nomos and physis? Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:41:10+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Nomos and physis: Laocoon: being strangled by snakes People in ancient Greece often thought of the world as being a fight, or an agon, between the two forces of rationalism and chaos, or between law and nature. The Greeks called these two forces "nomos", meaning law and order and rationalism, and "physis" (FU-sis), [...]

Bacchae – Euripides – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:12:49+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Bacchae: Followers of Bacchus partying Liberty and license Euripides wrote this play, which is, like many of Euripides' plays (like Phaedra or Medea), primarily about the balance between self-control (sophrosyne (SOFF-row-sue-nay) in Greek) and emotional freedom. This is another aspect of the conflict between nature and law, physis and nomos, which the Greeks [...]