Dionysos Timeline

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  • c. 1350 BCE
    First evidence of a cult to Dionysos in Mycenaean culture.
  • 700 BCE - 600 BCE
    Temples are built in honour of Apollo, Demeter and Dionysos on the island of Naxos.
  • 600 BCE - 550 BCE
    The Dionysia becomes a major Athenian festival in honour of Dionysos.
  • 600 BCE - 300 BCE
    Dionysos appears on the coins of Naxos, Mende and various other Greek city states.
  • 447 BCE - 432 BCE
    The east pediment of the Parthenon includes a reclining statue of Dionysos.
  • c. 405 BCE
    Euripides in The Bacchai has Dionysos tell us how the tympanon was invented by him and his Mother Goddess, Rhea.
  • c. 330 BCE
    Dionysos is represented as an infant in the arm of the Hermes of Praxiteles statue.
  • c. 150 CE - c. 200 CE
    A small temple dedicated to Dionysos is built at Dion.
  • c. 400 CE
    Nonnus writes the Dionysiaca, which tells the life of Dionysos. At 48 books and 20,426 lines it is the longest surviving poem from Greco-Roman antiquity.