Crouching mouse holding a Papposeilenos mask. Grip of a circular bronze lamp lid, 1st century C.E. Probably made in Italy; said to have been found in Konya province, Central Anatolia, Turkey. Photo © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Papposilenus is a stock character in satyr plays. He is the oldest, wisest, and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, and was the young god’s teacher. 

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