Dionysus (/daɪ.əˈnaɪsəs/; Greek: Διόνυσος, Dionysos) is the god o the grape harvest, winemakkin an wine, o ritual madness, growthiness, theatre an releegious ecstasy in Greek meethologie. Alcohol, especially wine, played a important role in Greek cultur wi Bacchus bein a important raison for this life style. His name, thocht tae be a theonym in Linear B tablets as di-wo-nu-so (KH Gq 5 inscription), shows that he mey hae been wirshippit as early as c. 1500–1100 BC by Mycenean Greeks; ither traces o the Dionysian-teep cult hae been foond in auncient Minoan Crete. His oreegins are uncertain, an his cults teuk mony shapes; some are describit bi auncient sources as Thracian, ithers as Greek. In some cults, he arrives frae the east, as an Asiatic foreigner; in ithers, frae Ethiopie in the Sooth. He is a god o epiphany, "the god that comes", an his "foreignness" as an arrivin ootsider-god mey be inherent an essential tae his cults. He is a major, popular figur o Greek meethologie an releegion, an is includit in some leets o the twal Olympians. Dionysus wis the last god tae be acceptit intae Mt. Olympus. He wis the youngest an the anerly ane tae hae a mortal mither. His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre. He is an example of a dying god.