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Old marble head depicting the Greek god Dionysus discovered in Rome

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Archaeologists in Italy have discovered an ancient marble head, which probably represents the Greek god Dionysus.

“Extracted from the earth, it has revealed itself in all its beauty: the face, with soft and smooth surfaces, is a little tilted; the mouth is ajar; the eyes sunk,” explains the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, in a Facebook post, translated from the Italian. “The design is luxurious and sophisticated; the characters are those of a young and feminine face and everything indicates that the god Dionysus.”

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Once part of a statue, the head was found in the Parco Archeologico via Alessandrina when archaeologists were excavating a late-Medieval era wall. The head, they declared, was probably used as building material for the wall.

The head was once part of a statue.
(Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali)

Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and fertility. His Roman equivalent was the god Bacchus.

Archaeologists are now working to restore the head.

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The head was found when archaeologists were excavating a late-Medieval era wall. (Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali)

The Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed after the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Pompeii was quickly buried by the volcanic ash, killing approximately 2,000 of the inhabitants of the city, according to History.com.

Last year, experts discovered a scrawled piece of text on a wall in Pompeii, that is the rewriting of the history of the famous ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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The charcoal inscription suggests that the eruption took place in October of 79 A. D., two months later than previously thought.

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The marble head shows the Greek god Dionysos.
(Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali)

Also in 2018, the images of a male skeleton, apparently crushed by a rock in the ancient eruption of Vesuvius, went viral after their discovery.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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