Not everywhere recognizes the power of Dionysus. He often has to meet resistance; he often has to conquer countries and cities by force.
But who can fight the great god, the son of Zeus? He severely punishes those who resist him, who do not want to recognize him and honor him as God. The first time Dionysus had to be persecuted in Thrace, when he was feasting and dancing merrily in a shady valley with his maenads companions, intoxicated with wine, to the sounds of music and singing; then the cruel king attacked him edonovLycurgus. The maenads fled in terror, throwing the sacred vessels of Dionysus to the ground; even Dionysus himself fled. Fleeing from the persecution of Lycurgus, he threw himself into the sea; the goddess Thetissheltered him there. Dionysus' father, Zeus the Thunderer, severely punished Lycurgus, who dared to offend the young god: Zeus blinded Lycurgus and reduced his life span.