The "segmentum" (ornamental tunic patch) depicts dancers involved in what was probably intended to be a Dionysiac dance to celebrate regeneration and rebirth. The commonly used grape vine border, which frames the central portion of the panel, also acts as an allusion to Dionysus and to renewal and prosperity associated with him.
Late-Roman era sarcophagus found by Turkish farmer. A late-Roman era sarcophagus thought to be belonging to the Late Roman Empire was unearthed and transferred to a museum after it was found by a farmer in Turkey's İznik district of Bursa last week. The sarcophagus, which has many relief figures including the ancient god of love Eros on four sides, was found in an olive grove in Bursa’s İznik district [Credit: AA]