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(θίασος; thíasos). Affiliation of people for the purpose of worshipping a god, as a rule a religious association (Associations). From the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial Periods there are numerous epigraphic sources, distributed throughout the ancient world, in which thíasoi are mentioned beside collegium , koinón , orgeônes , éranos and other terms for both religious and non-religious associations, from which they cannot always be clearly distinguished [1; 2.8-56].

A law ascribed to Solon [1], in which hieroì orgeônes and thiasôtai are mentioned (Dig. 47,22,…

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Elm, Dorothee, “Thiasos”, 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 04 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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