Bacchus is the Roman god of wine, revels, joy and drama. He was the son of Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods and Semele, the daughter of Cadmus. The name Bacchus derives from 'bacca' meaning berry. Bacchus was the personification of the blessings of nature in general. The name of his festival was 'Bacchanalia' which has since been used to refer to any forms of drunken revelry.