Bust of Bacchus Found Near Forum

July 10, 2019

It’s nice to know that we are aren’t the only generation who are keen on recycling. This 2000 year old marble head of the Roman god, Bacchus, was discovered by archaeologists in a medieval wall.

The bust would have originally been part of a large statue, probably dating from the height of the imperial Roman era of the 1st to 2nd centuries AD. The later medieval Romans recycled it for building materials.

The bust has delicate features, which have led the archaeologists to conclude, until examined in more detail, that it is a depiction of Bacchus or Dionysus, as he was known to the Greeks. Bacchus was the god of wine, dance, theatre, fertility and religious ecstasy (he was a busy god) and depictions of him are frequently boyish, bordering on feminine.

 

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