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"Carved pillars" Leptis Magna Things to Do Tip by grets

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  Carved pillar
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At either end of the church, these extravagantly carved pillars honour Liber Pater, or Bacchus (Dionysus in reek mythology).

Baachus was the Roman god of wine and intoxication and was accompanied by Maenads, the wild dancing women who would entice men by their acticities, and then muredr them.

Bacchanalia, orgies in honor of Dionysus, were introduced in Rome around 200 BCE. These infamous celebrations, notorious for their sexual and criminal character, got so out of hand that they were forbidden by the Roman Senate in 186 BCE.

Bacchus was also the god of the theatre, and the first plays in Greece were performed in his honour. There were mostly tragedies, but alos comedies, which poked pun at politicians and were often very disrespectful.

Also depicted on the pillars are images of Cupid, Centaurs, Venus, Mars and Ban.

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  • Written Mar 20, 2005
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