In ancient Greek mythology, Zagreus is a god closely associated with the wine god Dionysus, the underworld, and hunting. A son of Zeus and Persephone, he is known in the Orphic tradition as the first incarnation of Dionysus, whilst other stories identify him as the son of Hades or even as Hades himself.

More about: Zagreus


  • c. 1200 BCE
    The Median clans are among the Indo-Iranian migrant tribes from Central Asia and/or Caucasus to North Zagros, Iran.
  • c. 600 BCE
    The lost epic poem Alcmeonis is thought to have been penned. It contains the earliest known mention of Zagreus.
  • c. 200 BCE
    Around when Dionysian rites were first performed in Rome, known there as Bacchanalia.
  • 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.