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(Σαβάζιος/Sabázios, Latin Sabazius). The variations Σαυάζιος (Sauázios), Σαοουάζιος (Saoouázios) and Σαάζιος (Saázios) found in Phrygia and Thracia point to an original form Sawazis (or Savazis), while Σαββαθικός/Sabbathikós may indicate confusion with the Hebrew šabbat or ebāōt [1. 1585-1587]. The theonym Sabas is found in a Phrygian graffito [2].

S. is first documented in literature in the 2nd half of the 5th cent. BC (Aristoph. Av. 875 f.; Aristoph. Lys. 388-390; Aristot. Vesp. 8-10). Later literature (Clem. Al. Protrepti…

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Takacs, Sarolta A. (Cambridge, MA), “Sabazius”, 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 02 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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