Courtesy Joint Sepphoris Project

Sign of a growing pagan presence in Sepphoris, this bronze figurine dates to the second to third century C.E. Archaeologists uncovered it in a cistern beneath a house in the city’s residential section. This bronze representation of a seated musician is probably a satyr. In Greek and Roman mythology, satyrs were associated with the cult of Dionysus and often, by extension, with conviviality and licentious behavior.