Occurs in the later times of antiquity as the god of festive mirth and joy. He was represented as a winged youth, and Philostratus1 describes him as he appeared in a painting, drunk and languid after a repast, his head sunk on his breast; he was slumbering in a standing attitude, and his legs were crossed.

Also the name of a deity, invented by Milton, who changed the faces of travelers into those of animals.



  1. Imagines i, 2.


  • Coleman, J. A. (1997). The Dictionary of Mythology. London: Arcturus Publishing Limited.
  • Hirt, A. (1805). Bilderbuch für Mythologie ii, p. 224.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.