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Bacchus (also known as Dionysus) is the Greco-Roman god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine. He is also god of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth. In this piece Bacchus holds up grapes in his right hand and wheat in his left hand. His cloak may be an animal skin, as worn by those celebrating the Bacchanalia (the rituals held in honour of Bacchus).