The Cultus: The Virtue Of Dionysus

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As we learn in lecture a cultus is an established rite or customs associated with gods and goddesses. It emphasis on practices rather than beliefs. That is what Dionysus tries to bring to Thebes. Is not common how Dionysus opposes the usual view of gender, race and divinity in the book. As he says: “I came here- my first Greek city- only after I had started initiations there and set those places dancing, so that mortals would see me clearly as divine.” (Lines 20-23). He just wants to be recognized by everyone. He also wants to clear his mother and his name before dying. He wants to change the perspective everyone has in Thebes. It’s impressive how he opposes every view from that time and actually complete his mission. As he says: “This city
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