Behold the "vital fire" [male erection] which does not obey the soul's decision, but, for the most part, rises up against the soul's desire in disorderly and ugly movements....
?St. Augustine, "Contra Julianum," c. 429 AD
We must conclude that a husband is meant to rule over his wife as the spirit rules the flesh.
?St. Augustine, The City of God Against the Pagans, c. 405 AD
I, the son of Zeus... Dionysius, whom once Semele, Kadmos' daughter, bore... having taken a mortal form instead of a god's... I have first excited Thebes to my cry, fitting a fawn-skin to my body and taking a thyrsos in my hand, a weapon of ivy.
?Prologue to Euripides' The Bacchae, c. 406 BC.