Nicopolis ad Istrum - Dionysus
||Nicopolis ad Istrum|
||K M OPELLI ANTΩ DIADOVMENIANOC|
||Bare head right – seen from behind|
||Caesar, Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus|
||VΠ CTI ΛONΓINOV NIK-OΠOΛITΩN [...]||Rev. Desc.
||Dionysus naked, standing left, holding kantharos & thyrsos - panther to feet
||Consular legate Statius Longinus , (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus
||Collection; Moushmov 1320 (var.); Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1. No. 3674;
||Dionysus is the Greek fore-runner of Bacchus, god of wine and mysteries. Also represented by Roman mythology as the god Liber. In this latter aspect he was worshipped with Ceres and, Libera (his partner), in a group called the Eleusinian Triad. While Bacchus was more properly a god of wine, Dionysus was involved with a lot more activities.