This is what Bacchus called himself before he got infamous.
He was an agricultural deity with an interest in vines. This was later washed down with liberal lashings of wine when he discovered what to do with the vines.
He became popular both for encouraging wine-drinking and also for the freedom of manners that wine offers. Tongues were loosened and he became an icon among the drinking classes for freedom of speech. Even though most of that speech was probably very slurred and idiotic.
Libera was his wife but that didn’t stop him carrying on. He then instigated his Liberalia Festival on the 17th March. That is a very good day to raise a glass of something in his honor.
Liber Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Liber Pater
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Wine
Area of expertise: Wine
Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 1977
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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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