Semele | Mother of Dionysus

Semele Greek Mythology

Sêmele (Brazilian Portuguese) or Sémele (European Portuguese) was, according to Greek mythology, daughter of Cadmo and Harmonia and mother of Dioniso.

She fell in love with Zeus, and repulsed by doubts about whether he was really a divinity, of which Hera, being responsible for her doubt, asked to show all his splendor, when she was pregnant. She died fulminated when Zeus presented himself as the Olympian god, wrapped in radiant light.

Zeus then removed the fetus from her womb, and sewed it onto her thigh so that the pregnancy would end. Thus, Dionysus God of Wine was born, and he was the only semi God of Olympus.