Bacchus and Vesuvius, Roman fresco

Bacchus and Vesuvius, Roman fresco

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bacchus and Vesuvius, Roman fresco. Bacchus (Dionysus, centre left), wearing a cloak of grapes, stands beside a conical mountain covered in vines (thought to be Vesuvius as it appeared prior to its eruption in 79 AD). The panther on his right (often associated with Bacchus who is said to have been nursed by panthers when young) laps the wine dripping from his upturned wine glass. The serpent in the foreground represents the agathodaemon, spirit of agricultural bounty. This fresco, from the House of the Centenary in Pompeii, is displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy.

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