You compare these Bacchantes with Metellus's Muses.
52) The bacchantes in no way projected Cicero's desired image.
Cicero was a man of reason; the activities of the bacchantes were antithetical to his chosen lifestyle.
56 Around the neck are three bacchantes carved in shallow relief.
What separates the bacchantes from other images of female subjects is their demeanor.
The bared breast would not have been appropriate for representations of actual Roman maids or matrons unless they were in the guise of another persona, yet actual Bacchantes were part of an event in the not-so-distant past of Rome.
These images of the armed bacchantes had multiple layers of meaning beyond their reference to a style associated with the tastes of the Emperor and a generic desire to evoke "the Greek.
Although the bacchantes of the Bacchae engaged in sparagmos, Euripides' Medea was a knife-wielder.
However, Athenaeus's account of the third-century dress-up gala of Ptolemy in Alexandria remains the only literary source recording bacchantes with daggers.
Polyaenus 4, 1 contains an account of Macedonian women dressing as bacchantes to fight with their outnumbered men.
Thus, the bacchantes purchased by Gallus were possibly a group of frequently replicated figures.
On a poorly executed oinochoe from the Etruscan site of Volterra, the painter depicted a bacchante and a nude youth on the vessel's belly, while on the neck is an image of a maenad looking left and rushing right.
The course of the rivulet of wine, from which a Bacchante
is scooping a jugful, is confused, perhaps through the deterioration of the paint or through inept restoration.