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


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 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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