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FALSE EMPHASIS ON BACCHUS AS PROMOTER OF ALCOHOLISM

"Los Borrachos o El Triunfo de Baco (The Drunkards or the Triumph of Bacchus)" (see related A), 1629 Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660) El Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Divinities are immune from ebriety - the whole work may be polluted by Christian dogmas imperative at the time in Spain. It may have been "convenient" to represent Bacchus as inducing ebriety among "innocent" mortals. In fact, Dionysus stood for alleviation of pain and suffering and promotion of pleasure. 

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