Liegender weiblicher Akt (Studie für den 'Dionysosaltar' im Burgtheater) 1887
Reclining Nude(Studyforthe"Altarof Dionysus" at the Burgtheater)
In Greek mythology, he is presented as a son of Zeus and the mortal Semele, thus semi-divine or heroic: and as son of Zeus and Persephone or Demeter, thus both fully divine, part-chthonic and possibly identical with Iacchus of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Some scholars believe that Dionysus is a syncretism of a local Greek nature deity and a more powerful god from Thrace or Phrygia such as SabaziosDictionary of Ancient Deities by Patricia Turner and the late Charles Russell Coulter, 2001, p.152. or Zalmoxis.Dictionary of Ancient Deities by Patricia Turner and the late Charles Russell Coulter, 2001, p.520.