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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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230 words

ecstatic and frenzied women in Dionysos's retinue, who in their madness dance and devour raw flesh. Allusions to maenads ...

Maenads

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
595 words

Greek poets used the term “maenad” to refer to the mythical female followers of the god Dionysus. The Greek word ...

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Jan N. Bremmer

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
444 words
women inspired to ritual frenzy by *Dionysus. Maenadic rituals took place in the rough mountains of Greece in the heart of winter every second year. Having ceremonially left the city, ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
in ancient Greece, a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via Latin from ... More

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