& Dionysis: Greek. We
couldn't resist this image of gentle fatherhood and foster parenting. Silenus,
son of Hermes, was foremost among the woodland spirits. Exceptionally wise
and gentle, he was chosen as foster father to Bacchus/Dionysus. The infant
god of wine and celebration is cradled by his sturdy forest guardian, and was
later present when Dionysus wed Ariadne. Thereafter merry Silenus rode a
donkey in all bacchanal processions. He represents the ideal father and
the best and dearest of the fathers you love.