Leopards and Dionysos

‘Leopards are overcome also by the gifts of Dionysus, when crafty hunters pour for them the crafty draught, shunning not the anger of holy Dionysus. Leopards are now a race of wild beasts, but aforetime they were not fierce wild beasts but bright-eyed women, wine-drinking, carriers of the vine branch, celebrators of the triennial festival, flower-crowned, nurses of frenzied Bacchus who rouses the dance.’

Oppian, Cynegetica Book 4

The image is from this manuscript for those who are interested.

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One Response to Leopards and Dionysos

  1. That’s always been one of my favorite myths – love the illustration!

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