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Sorry - forgot to write - of course!! - that Dionysos is said to have invented wine on mount Nysa. So there is a wine link, and of course wine was essential in Greek domestic and religious life (because of libations).

But that was only one of his attributes - the association to tragic theatre and ecstatic rites is more prominent in literature and art. The Romans retained only the wine element.

So I should have said: it could be ivy or vine leaves!!

I think the word intoxication, in its widest meaning, resumes all his aspects - poetic inspiration, dance, theatre, his own tragic story, lust for life and love, drinking, drugs,.........
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