Dionysus was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy. His mother was the mortal princess Semele and his father the king of gods Zeus. He had many children, such the Charites, daughters of Aphrodite, and Oenopion, son of his wife Ariadne.
While he was disguised as a mortal sitting beside the seashore of the island Icaria, Tyrrhenian pirates spotted him, believing he was a prince. They attempted to kidnap him and sail him far away to sell for ransom or into slavery. They tried to bind him with ropes, but no type of rope could hold him. Dionysus turned into a fierce lion and unleashed a bear on board, killing those he came into contact with. Those who jumped off the ship were mercifully turned into dolphins. The only survivor was the helmsman, Acoetes, who recognized the god and tried to stop his sailors from the start.
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