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I didn't realize the extent of the androgynous nature of Bacchus until I came across this statue in the Louvre. It is from the Roman Imperial period and dated sometime in the 2nd century AD.

Bacchus was the Roman god of wine and intoxication, equated with the Greek Dionysus whose festival was celebrated on March 16 and 17.

The 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.

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