Z12.9 THE DRINKING CONTEST OF HERACLES & DIONYSUS
|Museum Collection||Worcestor Art Museum, Worcestor|
|Catalogue No.||Worcestor 1933.36|
|Context||Antioch, Atrium House|
|Date||Early C2nd A.D.|
Heracles and Dionysus compete in a drinking contest. The god reclines on a couch with a drinking-cup in one hand and thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) in the other. Beside him, the darkly tanned Heracles quaffs a cup of wine, his club and lion-skin cape resting by his knees. The god is accompanied by a flute-playing Maenad nymph (far left), his cup-bearer, the satyriscus Comus (center), and the elderly satyr Silenus (far right).