New devotional volume for Dionysos

[UPDATED 2/6/08: Written in Wine is now also available from, for anyone who doesn’t want to create yet another account… but I would still encourage purchasing from the CreateSpace site, as Amazon takes a larger bite of the purchase price.]

[cross-posted from the Neos Alexandria list]

It is with a great deal of pride that I am finally and happily able to announce that the first volume in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has been completed and is available for purchase!

Written in Wine is a devotional anthology dedicated to Dionysos, the god of wine, vegetation, religious ecstasy, personal liberation, and the mysteries of life. With almost sixty pieces by over thirty contributors from every segment of the Hellenic polytheist community (as well as folks who do not identify as such) it is truly exhaustive in its portrayal of the different ways that people understand and relate to this complex and powerful deity today. Within these pages you will find original artwork, poetry, essays, fiction, scholarly translations, personal accounts of experiences with the god and even a play! In their very different ways each of our authors show that Dionysos is alive and still deeply touching our lives today.

Written in Wine can be purchased from our online store by visiting the following link:

Shortly it will also be available through and able to be ordered through your local retail book chain – but we encourage you to purchase it through our website since that will give the Bibliotheca Alexandrina a higher portion of the royalties without changing the price for you the consumer.

Why does that matter?

Because all of the proceeds from Written in Wine – as well as the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian gods.

50% of the royalties will be used to put on Neos Alexandria’s 4-day religious gathering in 2009.

25% of the proceeds will be used to bring out further devotional volumes for other Greek and Egyptian gods through the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

And the remaining 25% of the proceeds will be given to a worthy charitable organization in the name of the gods of Greece and Egypt.

So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book about the modern worship of Dionysos – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

We are rebuilding the Library of Alexandria one book at a time!

Written in Wine: A Devotional Anthology for Dionysos
By the Editorial Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Price: $17.99
Publication Date: Jan 29 2008
ISBN/EAN13: 1434836738 / 9781434836731
Page Count: 220
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″x8.5″

Table of Contents

A Note on Style
Introduction by Sannion
The Satyr of New Orleans by Sannion
Dionysos the Revealer by Samantha Frye
Lenaia by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
Love for Dionysos by Suz Thackston
Catch Me If You Can by Hector Lugo
Hail the Twice Born by Diotima Sophia
The Paths to Dionysos by Sannion
Orphic Hymn 30 Translation by Adam P. Forrest
For Dionysus by Raphaeline Williams
Freedom From Ourselves: Dionysos’ Greatest Gift by Syna
Dancing with Dionysos by Samantha Frye
What It Means To Be a Maenad by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
Dionysos Rising by Charles M. Peckman Jr.
Dionysus Knows His Lady by Allyson Szabo
Dion and I: The Dance So Far by S. A. Victory
Six Poems by Cara Schulz
Dionysos From an Apollonian Perspective by Samantha Frye
An Echo, a Plea by Larissa Bernardes
How to Worship Like a Greek by Nuri
What It’s Like Right Now by Lysiodoros (Adam P. Forrest)
Shamanism in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca by Ron Newbold
For Dionysos by Renee Rhodes
Labyrinth of Mirrors by Michael Routery
Dionysos on Skyros by Tim Ward
To Dionysos the Bull by Samantha Frye
Libation by Diotima Sophia
Song for Dionysos-Zagreus by Blue Starthief
Loam by Venecia Rauls
Dionysos & Oracular Madness by M. Isidora Forrest & Adam P. Forrest
Ecstasy by Moonlight by Sannion
Dionysus, Plead by Larissa Bernardes
Dancing and Dreaming with Dionysos: A Personal Devotional Journey by the
Rev. Dr. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House
Labyrinth by Venecia Rauls
The Fool by Amanda S. Blake
Black Leopard by Rebecca Buchanan
Eyes Like the Fruit of the Vine by Hector Lugo
Diamente for Dionysos by Laura LaVoie
Dionysus by Amanda S. Blake
Dionysus Sees Her by Allyson Szabo
The City Dionysia: a Trilogy in Four Parts by Evanne Floyd
To Dionysos by Hearthstone
To Dionysos II by Hearthstone
The Mystery of Meilikhios and Bakkhios by Sannion
Dionysos of the Vine by Samantha Frye
Dionysus by Diotima Sophia
Culture from Counter-Culture: Dionysian Drama and Hellenism by Jeremy J. Baer
Homeric Hymn #7 Translated by Karen McCollam
Dionysus by Rebecca Buchanan
Ariadne by Samantha Frye
Dionysos and Dionysias by Ivan Richmond
Arakhneiad by Sannion
Orphic Hymn 52 Translation by Adam P. Forrest
Lesser-Known Dionysian Festivals by John H. Wells
Lampteria by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
To Bright-Eyed Dionysos by Samantha Frye
Dionysos: Intuition and Paradox by Venecia Rauls
Future Perfect by Nuri
Come Dionysus by Theokleia
After the Revel by Sannion
Glossary of Important Terms
About the Bibliotheca Alexandrina


6 thoughts on “New devotional volume for Dionysos

  1. ellieenchanted

    Wonderful contents, horrible cover – I agree with both previous commenters! I’m so thrilled that things like this devotional are finally becoming available to the wider oublic.

  2. executivepagan Post author

    Thanks for the comments, everybody! I’m glad this book is stirring up interest and awareness… future volumes are being planned, so stay tuned!

  3. executivepagan Post author

    My copy came yesterday, and I have to say it is sweet! Differences on the cover art aside, inside it’s very professionally done, with a lot of great content. Well worth the money, in my somewhat biased opinion (full disclosure: I was NOT involved in any way with the production of this book, nor do I profit from its sale).

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