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Dionysus vs Herakles
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View of the central frame of the third-century mosaic found in the triclinium of the elite house at Sepphoris.  The scene depicts a drinking contest between Herakles and Dionysos.  Note the Saytr (a follower of Dionysus) in the center playing a double flute.  To the left of the satyr is Herakles holding a cup up to his mouth—his name in capital Greek letters above him.

To the right of the satyr is a reclining Dionysus with his cup raised and overturned—a sign of victory!  Above him, his name is partially preserved in Greek.

A guilloche band surrounds the panel.