Maenads

Detail from an Athenian white-ground clay vase, about 480 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen J332Detail from an Attic red-figure clay cup, about 480 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen 2654.Women who serve the god Dionysos. They are immortal but not accorded worship and are seldom given names. They are characterized by their wild, ecstatic dancing in the course of which they were thought to tear apart living animals. They often wear animal skins and consort with Satyrs, carrying a thyrsos wand.

Above left: Detail from an Athenian white-ground clay vase, about 480 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen J332 © Antikensammlungen, Munich Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 166

Above right: Detail from an Attic red-figure clay cup, about 480 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen 2654. © Antikensammlungen, Munich Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 167