An Old Bacchus —
The mature and barbed man is the most common representation of Bacchus. With its attributes this is the god of wine which is represented here. His origin are lost among the Mycenaean, Thracians and Greeks but they highlight a dark and powerful side of Bacchus : wine. When the king of Thebes, Pentheus, denied the deification of Bacchus, and banished his cult, Bacchus reaction explain itself. The king after unsuccessfully attempting to arrest the false god will be torn in piece by the frenzied followers of Bacchus, the king mother among one of them. They will not remember their actions once Bacchus return them back to their sense. Could this story be an
explanation of the effects of the delirium tremens, that rapid onset of confusion caused by withdrawal from alcohol? The king was mistaken as a beast and Bacchus let it happen consciously. This darkest aspect of Bacchus and the wine is interesting as alcohol remain one of the most dangerous drugs to withdraw today and despite an initial ban from the roman senate in 186BC, Bacchus remained one of the favorite god.
Fun fact : struck in madness by Juno, Bacchus wandered in many places in earth until Cybele recovered him and teach him the mastering of wine.
Date : I BC
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