Vol. 43 No. 1 (2017): XLIII - 2017

Oribasia e guarigione: Ino a Delfi nelle <em>Dionisiache</em> di Nonno (9.243-289)

Published September 11, 2017


The Nonnian episode about Ino’s healing from mania (D. 9.243-289) features many refer­ences to the awakening ceremony of Dionysus Liknites. Ino, traditionally the wet nurse of Dionysus and the first founder of the Dionysian orgia centered around the winnowing-fan, is described by Nonnus as a mythical model for the Delphic Thyiades. Ino’s healing is to be interpreted as a metaphor for the Dionysian rebirth and  gives the chance to institute a trieteric cult of Dionysus in Delphi, marked by a cathartic function.


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