Crucified Bacchus

This unusual amulet dates from the third century AD. It is intended as a magical charm, and depicts a crucified figure of the wine god Bacchus. Above the figure is a crescent moon, and seven stars, the meaning of which is unknown. It is unusual as it depicts a crucified figure other than Christ at a time when similar images of Jesus were rare.

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Visitor September 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

What does it say/translate?

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Markos March 30, 2016 at 12:49 am

First word is “Orpheus”.
Second is “Bacchus”. (Though I believe it’s misspelled.)

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ANTonIn_ARTaud April 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

also the crescent doesn’t always represent the obvious. in this case it resembles taurus horns. the great bull. “Taurus is an ancient constellation, one author even says the first one, and was held in high regard by the ancients because the vernal or spring equinox occurred in it from about 4000 B.C. to 1700 B.C. It is the second sign of the zodiac. Greek mythology has it that Taurus was the form taken by the god Zeus when he wooed the beautiful Phoenician princess Europa. Aldebaran is a giant star about 45 times the diameter of our sun. If it replaced the sun, it would stretch halfway to the orbit of Mercury and Earth would simply be a charred cinder.” taurus and the pleiades are part of one great ancient master plan.

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ANTonIn_ARTaud April 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

the seven stars represent the Pleiades constellation. 7 stars can be found anywhere in the world in any ancient civilization. the ancients knew of a secret…

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Chris October 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

I think- Now I thinkkkkkk, that it may have something to do with planets being present in the sky, as well as the moon. An event which happens every 85 years, I noticed that the ancients picked up on this because August 13-15th is the primary holy days for Diana/Artemis Goddess of the moon, and this event happens on these days, it may very well be the same event but given to Dionysus, though i think Diana/Artemis’ one has 5 planets present not 7, so maybe could be a similar occurence but in honor for Dinoysus -shrug-

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robin July 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

ah its a bit complicated. you know about all those greenmen heads in old churches? my theory is that they noted the enabling aspect of nature present in the chaos of the dionysion throng, not just destruction, only really the destruction of order. so because jesus wanted everyone to love everyone i guess they felt that he was like a nature thing as well. my guess. also moon is a metaphor for truth… being a women lol.

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Alan May 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Rather than a crescent moon, that may be a crescent Venus. (There are some modern accounts of seeing a crescent Venus with the naked eye when conditions are right. And there is some evidence of an ancient association of a crescent symbol with goddesses associated with Venus).

Also, those seven stars could have several meanings, including the seven heavens; or the 6+1=7 symbolism of the Jewish Temple menorah and star of David.

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