Event Details

Date:
Monday, 02 July 2018 - Friday, 31 May 2019
Time:
All Day
Room:
RD Milns Antiquities Museum
UQ Location:
Michie Building (St Lucia)
URL:
https://antiquities-museum.uq.edu.au/dionysos
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Event Contact

Name:
Ms Rebecca Smith
Phone:
3365 3010
Email:
r.smith20@uq.edu.au
Org. Unit:
R D Milns Antiquities Museum

Event Description

Full Description:
Dionysos is a god of many faces, representing the breadth of human experience. To the ancient Greeks he was the god of wine, of life and of death, and an ecstatic god of the wild, associated with untamed animals and the rejection of the normal way of things. In art, and in myth, Dionysos is accompanied by satyrs, half men, half goats, and maenads, wild women from the east. Dionysos could be masked and was the god of theatre, taking on the appearance of both men and women. He could also be unmasked in ritual, revealed in joy or in fury. Dionysos is a god of opposites, between civilization and wildness, city and country, life and death, man and woman, old and young. But Dionysos also a great equaliser, bringing Greek cities together in worship. At the heart of Dionysiac cult were the mysteries, secret knowledge of life, death and rebirth, known only to initiates.

This exhibition explores the many faces of Dionysos in the Classical Greek world through artefacts from the Antiquities Museum and Australian partner institutions. It invites visitors to enter the playful, mysterious and sometimes dark world of Dionysos and come away with a new appreciation for this complicated god, who is much more than just the god of wine.

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
Directions:
To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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