Mosaic of the Triumph of Bacchus
The scene portrayed in this mosaic is the Triumph of Bacchus (the Greek Dionysus) on returning from his conquest of India. The god, wearing a chlamys (a kind of cloak), is driving a chariot pulled by tigers, with a satyr at his side. Ariadne also appears on the chariot, resting her left hand on Dionysus' shoulder and holding the edge of his cloak, which is falling away to reveal his bare torso, in the other. The heads of both figures are crowned with vine wreaths. The mythical tale recounts that on his return from the East, Dionysus rescued Ariadne from the island of Naxos, where she had been abandoned by Theseus, before marrying her.