Ch.17 : The Fresco Dionisian...

According to recent studies, this pictorial cycle tablinum of the Villa of the Mysteries represents the initiation of young women in the Dionysian mysteries these mysteries, imported to Rome from Campania and Etruria, spread throughout Southern Italy, despite the severe sanctions of the Senate (Senatus-consultum of Bacchanalibus).  This painting was the work of a painter from Campania, the middle of the first century BC;  she would have been executed on the orders of the owner of the villa, certainly initiated into the mysteries of Dionysus worship and probably even priestess of the god. That is why this piece depended directly on the bridal alcove, her neighbor.  The 29 characters are components are grouped and separated so as to represent the different stages or phases of the sacred ceremony. Characters and divine acts are interwoven with characters and human acts. Essayons d'interpréter les différentes phases du mystère. Try to interpret the different phases of mystère.En starting with the wall on the north side, near the back door, we see the scenes unfold ..............



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