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Birth of Dionysus | Apulian red figure vase painting
Museum Collection National Archaeological Museum of Taranto
Catalogue No. Taranto 8264
Beazley Archive No. N/A
Ware Apulian Red Figure
Shape Krater, Volute
Painter Name vase of the Painter of the Birth of Dionysos
Date ca 405 - 385 B.C.
Period Late Classical


Detail of the central figures from a painting depicting the birth of Dionysus. The new-born god emerges from the thigh of Zeus. He wears a wreath of vine-leaves and stretches out his arms either to ward off or embrace the goddess reaching him. Zeus reclines on a hill, crowned with a wreath and holding a royal sceptre. Behind him stands the god Apollo (see image below), above the shepherd Pan, and below him Hermes who will deliver the infant to the foster care of Silenus and the Nysiad Nymphs. The goddess trying to grab the child is probably Hera. She carries a royal sceptre and wears a diadem crown.


Dionysus, Zeus, Hera, Hermes


Thumbnail Birth of Dionysus

K12.13B Dionysus

Thumbnail Hermes

K11.6 Hermes

Thumbnail Apollo

K5.11 Apollo

Thumbnail Pan

K22.7 Pan

Thumbnail Nysiad Nymph

T63.1 Nysiades