- An ancient marble head sculpture of Dionysus was found near the Roman Forum in Italy
- Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and fertility.
- The Roman equivalent of Dionysus was the god Bacchus.
Rome, Italy — There is no telling that Rome already has a fair share of priceless ancient gifts and recently a priceless artifact was added to its collection as archaeologists stumbled on a huge marble head of Dionysus, the ancient Roman god of dance, fertility, and wine.
Found near the Roman Forum, the Bacchus bust is thought to be 2,000 years old. The marble head had been reused as part of an ancient wall, but the archaeologists believe that it is still in perfect condition.
According to experts, the head would have been a part of a large statue of the god curved during the imperial age. The hollow eyes are assumed to have once occupied with precious stones or colorful glass.
“The archaeologists were excavating a late medieval wall when they saw, hidden in the earth, a white marble head,” read a report from the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum.
“It was built into the wall and had been recycled as a building material, as often happened in the medieval era. Extracted from the ground, it revealed itself in all its beauty,” continued the statement.
“The face is refined and gracious, young feminine. All of which makes us think this could be a depiction of Dionysus.” The last part of the report read.
According to historians, Dionysus was the son of the earthly daughter of the king of Thebes, Semele and Zeus. Dionysus was the god of ancient Greeks as part of the 12 Olympians after which it was turned into a Bacchus when it was integrated into the Roman pantheon.
This new discovery will be cleaned and then put on an exhibition.
The news of the Dionysus was received well by the mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi who said in a tweet, “Rome continues to surprise us every day.” She was one of the first few to share the pictures of the marble head.