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Cult of Bacchus 

Bacchus was the Roman god of fruitfulness and vegetation, and was especially known as the god of wine.  He was the equivalent of the Greek god Dionysus.  Festivals held in his honor were widely popular and were called Bacchanalia or Dionysia.  The festivals of the Cult of Bacchus were banned by a Roman Senatorial edict in 186 B.C. (B.C.E.).         



LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms


  • Bacchus (Keyword)
  • Dionysus (Keyword)
  • Roman religion (Keyword)
  • Mystery religions (Keyword)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • BL782
  • BL802
  • BL820



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Dalby, Andrew. Bacchus: A Biography. 2004.

                        Call Number: BL820 .B2 D35 2004

  • Dumezil, Georges. Archaic Roman Religion (Vol. 2). 1996.  

                       Call Number: BL802 .D813 1996 v.2

  • Kerenyi, Carl. Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life. 1996.

                       Call Number: BL820 .B2 K4713 1996

  • MacMullen, Ramsay. Paganism in the Roman Empire. 1981.

                       Call Number: BL802 .M32

  • Sissa, Giulia. Daily Life of the Greek Gods. 2000.

                       Call Number: BL782 .S5713 2000



Reference Materials


  • Cavendish, Richard (Ed.). Man, Myth, & Magic. 1997. 

                             Call Number: REF BF1407 .M34 1997  (Also in Circulating Books.)                           

o   Vol. 5, pgs. 583-587

  • Dixon-Kennedy, Mike. Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology. 1998.

                             Call Number: REF BL715 .D56 1998 

o       Pgs. 63, 113-116

  • Doniger, Wendy (Ed.). Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions. 1999.

                            Call Number: REF BL31 .M47 1999

o   Pgs. 105, 296-297

  • Myths and Legends. 2000.

                             Call Number: REF GR74 .M97 2000

o   Pgs. 64-66



Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.


 (Search using Bacchus or Dionysus.) 

  • Academic Search Complete


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