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This statue is of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, theatre and vegetation. He can be identified by the fact that he is carrying a kantharos (a drinking cup) and a thyrsus (staff) with a pine cone on the top. In the stories of the Greek gods. he is portrayed as quite different to the majority. Unusually legends recall that he was a vegetarian. He was renowned for wandering across the Greek lands, followed by bands of women, promoting the growth of vineyards. Also, he seems to have been a particularly revengeful God, who punished any disobedience to his will.

This statue is a Roman first century copy of an earlier Greek statue and can be seen in the World Museum, Liverpool