vesuvius vineyards

A fresco celebrating the fertility of Mt. Vesuvius’ volcanic soil.  To the left stands Dionysus/Bacchus, covered in grape clusters.  In the center is a snake, perhaps representing Ἀγαθὸς Δαίμων (“good spirit”), the tutelary deity or genius loci of the vineyards.  Vesuvius itself looms in the background.  From the “Casa del Centenario” at Pompeii; now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.