Thyrsus (305)

Thyrsus held by Roman

The Thyrsus is a magical wand that Roman, the Bacchus, used to induce sexual desire. He referred to the effect as "Fae ecstasy".

Bo dazzled with Thyrsus (305)
305 Roman-Bacchus Thyrsus

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It was also a weapon that, with a fiery blast, could incapacitate or kill a target.


A thyrsus was a wand or staff of giant fennel (Ferula communis) covered with ivy vines and leaves, sometimes wound with taeniae and always topped with a pine cone. In Ancient Greek religion, the staff was carried by the votaries of Dionysos (Bacchae, Maenads). The thyrsus was a sacred instrument at religious rituals and fêtes.[1] Bacchae were depicted and described using them as weapons. Scholars differ on the extent to which these staffs can be explained as symbols of fertility.[2]



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