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CaptionProcession and initiation of Dionysus into the "mysteries" Detail of a mosaic from the house of the "Dionysian procession" in El Jem dating back to the reign of Antoninus the Pious AD 138-161 showing the divine procession advancing toward a rustic altar upon which lies a vase alongside a maenad partially covered by a wind-blown veil. In the center of the scene the young Dionysis rides naked on an enormous lion. The god is preceded and followed by two satyrs wearing only loincloths followed by the drunken Silenus riding an African dromedary. Middle of the 2nd C. AD El Jem Museum. ________________________ In Greek mythology Silenus [/saɪˈliːnəs/; Greek: Σειληνός Seilēnos] was a companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus. He is typically older than the satyrs of the Dionysian retinue thiasos and sometimes considerably older in which case he may be referred to as a Papposilenus. --- --- --- The original Silenus resembled a folkloric man of the forest with the ears of a horse and sometimes also the tail and legs of a horse. The later sileni were drunken followers of Dionysus usually bald and fat with thick lips and squat noses and having the legs of a human. Later still the plural "sileni" went out of use and the only references were to one individual named Silenus the teacher and faithful companion of the wine-god Dionysus. --- --- --- A notorious consumer of wine he was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. Silenus was described as the oldest wisest and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus and was said in Orphic hymns to be the young god's tutor. This puts him in a company of phallic or half-animal tutors of the gods a group that includes Priapus Hermaphroditus Cedalion and Chiron but also includes Pallas the tutor of Athena. --- --- --- When intoxicated Silenus was said to possess special knowledge and the power of prophecy.
HeadlineProcession and initiation of Dionysus into the "mysteries" 2nd Century AD; El Jem Museum Tunisia
KeywordsSilenus wine
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Silenus
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URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silenus
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