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Orgia
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(ὄργια/órgia, nom. plur.; Latin sacra). Etymologically órgia, like orgeṓn (Orgeones ), probably derives from the root *εργ [2] and is thus related to ἔρδω/érdō - ῥέζω/rhézō ('I do', 'I sacrifice'; cf. H. Hom. ad Cererem 273f.). A connection with the Mycenaean adjective wo-ro-ki-jo-ne-jo cannot be ruled out [1]. The word órgia can mean 'ritual conduct' or 'cult actions', including sacrifices (Syll.3 57,4; Aesch. Sept. 180; Soph. Ant. 1013, Soph. Trach. 765), but may also denote - often clarified by ἄρρητος/árrhētos ('unspeakable') - '(secret) rites' in the mysterie…

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Heinze, Theodor (Geneva), “Orgia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e900600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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