Item Number: 111808
Title: La Vigna di Dioniso : vite, vino e culti in Magna Grecia. The Vineyard of Dionysus : Vitis vinifera, wine and religious practices in Magna Graecia
Author: Cinquantaquattro, Teresa Elena ; Emanuele Greco ; Mario Lombardo (eds)
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Description: Taranto: Scorpione, 2011. 24cm., pbk., 200pp. illus. Italian-English text. Exhibition held at Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Taranto. From the museum's website: The exhibition was conceived within the context of the activities connected to the 49th Convegno di Studi sulla Magna Grecia (24-28 September 2009) which was dedicated to the theme “Dionysos’ vineyard. The vine, wine and cults in Magna Graecia”. The aim of the exhibition is to present the major results of the conference to the non-academic public. According to the tradition, this year the most famous and important scholars working on this topic participated in the conference. The exhibition will be open until October 10, 2010 at the MARTA, in the rooms devoted to temporary exhibitions. The main subject is the figure of Dionysos, a complex divinity, god of wine and inebriation; his multiple aspects emerge from the extraordinary images depicted on figured vessels, terracottas and coins. The show begins with the introduction of the figure of the god, illegitimate child of Zeus, who “gave birth” to Dionysos, after having rescued him from Hera’s anger, by hiding him in his thigh (this scene is depicted on the famous krater by the Painter of the Birth of Dionysos); the following display-cases illustrate aspects of vine cultivation, wine-making and -marketing. Wine is a sacred drink, and Dionysos is its god: the next section is therefore dedicated to the religious feasts where the god is the protagonist. For instance, feasts such as the Dionysiae were celebrated also in Taranto, and culminated with competitions of theatrical performances. The exhibition, which contains finds discovered at Taranto, Metaponto, Rutigliano, Ceglie del Campo, Egnazia and Monte Sannace, is part of a wider program to promote the MARTA through temporary thematic exhibitions which, flanking the permanent arrangement, help to widen, vary and enrich the cultural offering of the museum.
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