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(Nick Squires’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 5/28.)
The head of a deity emerges during excavations under Rome Town Hall
Archeologists in Rome have stumbled on a large marble head of Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, the ancient Roman god of wine, dance and fertility.
The discovery was made during excavations in the heart of the city, near the remains of the ancient Roman Forum.
The head would have belonged to a large statue of the god dating back to the imperial era.
The archaeologists were digging around the remains of a medieval wall when they found the marble head, which they believe represents Dionysus, who the Romans knew as Bacchus.