Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE ( (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 November 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

women inspired to ritual frenzy (mania) by Dionysus. Maenadic rituals took place in the mountains of Greece in mid‐winter every other year. Having ceremonially left the city, maenads (probably upper‐class women) would walk into the mountains crying ‘to the mountains’. Here they removed their shoes, let their hair down, and pulled up their fawn‐skins. After a sacrifice of cakes, they started their nightly dances (... ...

Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.