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Woops.

I initially wrote:

Well, Homer did say he was blond …

My bad.

Homer in Hymn 7 describes him as follows:

Dionysos appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood: his rich, dark hair was waving about him, and on his strong shoulders he wore a purple robe.

It’s Hesiod who said:

And golden-haired (chrysokomes) Dionysos made blonde-haired Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, his buxom wife: and the son of Kronos made her deathless and unageing for him. (Theogony 947ff)