Dionysiac Procession

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 10 April 2016

This ecstatic procession features 2 satyrs and a female follower of Dionysos (Bacchus), god of wine. The satyr and maenad at the front play pipes (aulos) and a small drum. The other satyr carries a thyrsos, Dionysos' staff, and is accompanied by a panther, recalling the god's oriental origin. The marble relief was made in the Roman period, but the figures derive from Classical Greek prototypes of the 4th century BCE. From the Villa Quintiliana on the Appian Way, south of Rome. Roman, about 100 CE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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