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“The thyrsos is the madness of the god, which the man must choose for himself.”
“It is adorned with beautiful tendril friezes, back wall pilasters decorated with thyrsos staffs, or vegetal staffs carried by Dionysos and his companions, and aedicula roof cassettes filled with theater masks, the heads of Kastor and Pollux; water gods, including Poseidon; and vegetal motifs.”
“Whereas the latter continued completing the decoration of the second archivolt from the left (see Antonine Nymphaeum, August 7-24), Sinan focused on the completion of fragmentary preserved capitals and also started to carve the thyrsos staff, a vegetal motif referring to Dionysos, on a new pilaster of the back wall.”
“The Dionysiac thyrsos staff on one of the original pilasters that needs to be carved in a new one”
“It might be a small bronze of Dionysos with gilded thyrsos-wand and wreath; or a big wine-bowl painted with Theseus among the Amazons.”
“Here was the theater, just ahead, its tall gilt thyrsos catching the firelight.”
“He'll swing his thyrsos no longer, nor toss his head …”
“Pentheus denounces the god as a juggling charlatan, crops his long hair (the wig is a trick one), then orders him to give up his thyrsos.”
“They came beating the cymbals, or bearing long garlands twined among them, or waving the sacred thyrsos on long poles.”
“A fragment of a marble frieze shows a satyr with a thyrsos and laurel crown performing a wild”
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