Silenis

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Four times putting her lips to the lips of the jar Silenis drank up the last dregs. Fair-haired Dionysus, she defiled thee not with water, but even as thou didst come from the vineyard she used to quaff thee generously, holding a cup even until she went to the sands of the dead.

Text: Gaetulicus (†39 AD), The Greek Anthology XI:409 translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1918
Image: attributed to Onesimos, interior of an Attic red-figure kylix, c. 500 BC. The J. Paul Getty Museum

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