As a first-generation Mexican-American, the notion of community has always been at the forefront of my professional and academic careers at both New York University, where I received my bachelor's degree in Classical Civilization, and Texas Tech University, where I received my master's in Classics. My desire to understand one's interconnectedness within a society, and the many ways through which this can be expressed, has translated into research which focuses on the various Ancient Greek festivals to Dionysos, traditionally conceived of as the god of wine, theater, and madness, in Athens. By exploring the social, political, and religious complexities of these festive occasions, I intend to reveal the extent to which the Dionysian festivals were tied to the agricultural and political cycles of Ancient Athens. I believe this study will illustrate how festivals worked at various levels within a society while simultaneously facilitating its natural cycles. During my time at Cambridge, I hope to not only further our understanding of festivals and their ties to the community in the ancient world but also, as a Gates Scholar, to learn how to take this understanding and apply it to strengthening the ties between communities today.