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Headword: *zagreu/s
Adler number: zeta,4
Translated headword: Zagreus
Vetting Status: high
[Another name for] Dionysos in poets. For Zeus, it seems, had intercourse with Persephone, and she gave birth to chthonic Dionysos.
Greek Original:
*zagreu/s: o( *dio/nusos para\ poihtai=s. dokei= ga\r o( *zeu\s mixqh=nai th=| *persefo/nh|, e)c h(=s xqo/nios *dio/nusos.
Same entry in Hesychius and Photius.
LSJ s.v.: 'son of Zeus and Persephone, slain by the Titans and resuscitated as Dionysius'. The lexicographers' 'poets' include Alcmaeon, Aeschylus, Euripides, Callimachus and Nonnus.
The epithet Zagraios is also attested.
Keywords: aetiology; gender and sexuality; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 31 October 1999@17:09:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords) on 28 May 2001@09:52:45.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 28 November 2012@07:32:07.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 23 March 2016@07:08:35.


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