Archaeologists conducting excavations at the medieval walls in Rome made a very interesting find – the marble head of the deity, which probably depicts Bacchus.
The discovery took place in the center of the city. As it turns out, the discovered head was part of the foundations for the city walls. This is another example of the fact that antique stone sculptures were often used later as a building material.
The head still has delicate, feminine features and is dated to the 1st-2nd century CE. Scientists believe that after purification, they will be able to discover traces of pigments and colors on marble.
Bacchus was the Roman name for the borrowed Greek deity of Dionysus – the patron of wine and the cultivation of grapes.