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Bacchus - Drink Wine Day

Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture, wine and fertility, was the son of Jupiter and the mortal woman Semele.

To honor Bacchus, the God of Wine, ancient Romans held festivals called Bacchanalia which included mystery elements, private rites performed by priests of the deity, and unrestricted opportunity.

Bronze statues of Bacchus were popular decorative additions to the gardens and courtyards of Roman houses. The objects that the infant Bacchus shown here may have been carrying in his outstretched hands are now missing, but he probably once held a drinking cup used for wine.

Art Credit: Infant Bacchus

Culture: Roman

Date: 1st Century AD

Medium: Bronze with silver and copper


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