Farnese Bull is a famous Roman sculpture from the 3rd century CE showing the scene of punishing queen Dirce by tethering her to the horns of a bull.
Dirce was cruel towards previous wife of Lycus – Antiope. When Antipe’s sons – twins Amphion and Zethus – were convinced by the shepherd who raised them that Antiope is their real mother, they kill Dirce by tying her to the horns of a bull.
As mentioned by Pliny the Elder sculpture is a copy of a Greek work by Apollonios from around the first century BCE and was discovered in the mid-sixteenth century in the Baths of Caracalla. It is currently in the National Museum in Naples.
Farnese Bull is the largest ever discovered single sculpture from antiquity.
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