Ancient Mixology

In the end of the 5th century B.C., “The Lugano Painter,” or “Il Pittore di Lugano,” worked on many pieces that archaeologists have unearthed and attributed to him. This “calyx krater,” or urn, shows a bearded Dionysus with his thyrsus (staff topped with a pine cone), a bacchante (female follower of Dionysus (a.k.a., Bacchus) playing…

Dancing in Ecstasy

Wow! Today we saw some amazing things, but this one was a dream come true … In Mazara del Vallo, the Dancing Satyr. It is a bronze statue that is thought to be from between the sixth and second century BC. Found by fishermen (at least the foot until archeologists uncovered the rest) deep below…