Archeologists in Rome have stumbled on a large marble head of Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, the ancient Roman god of wine, dance and fertility.
The discovery was made during excavations in the heart of the city, near the remains of the ancient Roman Forum.
The head would have belonged to a large statue of the god dating back to the imperial era.
The archaeologists were digging around the remains of a medieval wall when they found the marble head, which they believe represents Dionysus, who the Romans knew as Bacchus.
“The archaeologists were excavating a late medieval wall when they saw, hidden in the earth, a white marble head,” said a statement from the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, which encompasses the Roman Forum.
“It was built into the wall, and had been recycled as a building material, as often happened in the medieval era. Extracted from the ground, it revealed itself in all its beauty.
“The face is refined and gracious, young and feminine. All of which makes us think this could be a depiction of Dionysos.”