What does Bacchus, the ancient god of wine and excess, have in common with Jesus Christ?

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Is there more to Bacchus, the celebrated god of wine, debauchery and excess, than merely being a party animal?

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Bettany Hughes gets under the skin of the ecstasy god in this revealing BBC history documentary. She learns that alcohol was used to bring communities together and that ecstatic worship was vital to the lives of ancient women. But what’s the connection between Bacchus and Jesus?

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