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  • The thyrsos is the madness of the god, which the man must choose for himself.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • 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.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Anastylosis Projects - Antonine Nymphaeum Report 1

  • The Dionysiac thyrsos staff on one of the original pilasters that needs to be carved in a new one

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Anastylosis Projects Report 7

  • 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.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Anastylosis Projects Report 7

  • 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.

    The Praise Singer

  • 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.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • Here was the theater, just ahead, its tall gilt thyrsos catching the firelight.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • He'll swing his thyrsos no longer, nor toss his head …

    The Mask of Apollo

  • They came beating the cymbals, or bearing long garlands twined among them, or waving the sacred thyrsos on long poles.

    The King Must Die

  • A fragment of a marble frieze shows a satyr with a thyrsos and laurel crown performing a wild

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life


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