A statue of Bacchus.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek Bakchos
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noun Greek & Roman Mythology
Bacchus - Cultural Definition
The Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry. He is also known by the Greek name Dionysus.
- In painting, Bacchus is often depicted eating a bunch of grapes and surrounded by satyrs.
- A “bacchanalian” party or feast is marked by unrestrained drunkenness. The name recalls a Roman festival called Bacchanalia.