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Title Dionysos and His Retinue in the Art of Late Roman and Byzantine Palestine
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About author Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom — Ph. D., independant scholar. The University of Göttingen, Wilhelmsplatz 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
In the section Classical Legacy in the Art of Byzantine Oikoumene and Beyond DOI10.18688/aa155-2-18
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 188194
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.033.2...1 Index BBK 85.14; 6 3. 3 (0) 4

Dionysian imagery was a popular subject in the visual arts of ancient Palestine, reflecting a Hellenistic cultural heritage no longer identified with paganism. Dionysus’ popularity, universality, and longevity are due to the convivial aspect of wine-consuming among the Greeks: the idea of sharing. Scenes and motifs embellish different items: mosaic floors, sculpture and carved stone; marble and stone sarcophagi and lead coffins; tableware, household vessels, metal and clay lamps; bronze and clay figurines; ivory and bone carvings; textiles; coins; jewelry. The contextual evidence indicates that pagans, Jews and Christians made use of the same iconography. 

Reference Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom. Dionysos and His Retinue in the Art of Late Roman and Byzantine Palestine. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 188–194. ISSN 2312-2129.
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