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Thiasos
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I

Ecstatic processions involving gods, muses, composite beings, or a Dionysiac retinue were called thiasoi.

II

The usual Greek term for a cultic association was thiasos or sometimes simply koinon. The membership and voluntary organizational form of such associations resembled that of the voluntary associations (I, 2) in the Roman world; worshipers of Dionysus were prominent in such organizations. Dionysiac performers called technitai were likewise organized into thiasoi. But a Dionysiac association could also be called a ba…

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Schäfer, Alfred, “Thiasos”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125115>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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