), a surname of the mystic Dionysus (Διόνυσος χθόνιος
), whom Zeus, in the form of a dragon, is said to have begotten by Persephone, previously to her being carried off by Pluto (Callim. Fragm. 171,
ed. Bentl.; Etym. Magn. s.v. Orph. Hymn. 29 ; Ov. Met. 6.114
; Nonnius, Dionys.
He was torn to pieces by the Titans, though he defended himself bravely, and assumed various forms; and Athena carried his heart to Zeus. (Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 355 ;
p. 547, &c.)