A surname of the mystic Dionysus (Διόνυσος χθόνιος), whom Zeus, in the form of a dragon, is said to have begotten by Persephone, previously to her being carried off by Hades.1

He was torn to pieces by the Titans, though he defended himself bravely, and assumed various forms; and Athena carried his heart to Zeus.2



  1. Callimachus. Fragments, 171 (ed. Bentl.); Etymologicum Magnum s.v.; Orphic Hymn 29; Ovid. Metamorphoses vi, 114; Nonnus. Dionysiaca vi, 264.
  2. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 355; Lobeck. Aglaophamus, p. 547.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.