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A Thyrsus is a staff of giant fennel covered with ivy vines and leaves and topped with a pinecone. It is carried by Dionysus and his Maenads.
It was used by Dionysus in the Gigantomachy. He used it against Ephialtes and Otis in a war with Hercules.
A few of the Maenads, followers of Dionysus, are seen with thyrsi.
Bacchus is shown with a thyrsus. After Percy and Jason fought Otis and Ephialtes, Bacchus finished them off with his thyrsus, reducing the twin giants to ashes.