(Latin) three-day wild festival held originally only by women in honor of the god Bacchus; eventually men were also allowed at the festival; the Bacchanalia was banned, except when explicitly allowed, by the Senate in 186 BCE by means of the Senatus consultum de Bacchanalibus.
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Orgiastic rites of the Roman god Bacchus, introduced in Rome during the 2nd century BC. Originally attended only by women on three days of the year, they later admitted men and were celebrated five...
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Bac`cha·na'li·a (-nā'lĭ*ȧ) noun plural [ Latin Bacchanal a place devoted to Bacchus; in the plural Bacchanalia a feast of Bacchus, from Bacchus the god of wine, Greek Ba`kchos .] 1.
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• (n. pl.) Hence: A drunken feast; drunken reveler. • (n. pl.) A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
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in Greco-Roman religion, any of the several festivals of Bacchus (Dionysus), the wine god. They probably originated as rites of fertility gods. The ... [12 related articles]
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Bacchanalia (singular and plural) 1. The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus. 2. When not capitalized, bacchanalia, refers to a riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; revel (boisterous festivity or celebration).
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The bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals of the Greco-Roman god Bacchus (or Dionysus), the wine god. The term has since come to describe any form of drunken revelry. ==History== The bacchanalia were rites originally held in ancient Greece as the Dionysia.The most famous of the Greek Dionysia ...
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Bacchanalia (băkunā'lēu) , in Roman religion, festival in honor of Bacchus, god of wine. Originally a religious ceremony, like the Liberalia, it gradually became an occasion for drunken, licentious excesses and was finally forbidden by law (186 B.C.).
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Bacchanalia were feasts held in honour of Bacchus and characterized by licentiousness and revelry celebrated in ancient Athens. In the processions were bands of Bacchantes of both sexes, who, inspired by real or feigned intoxication, wandered about rioting and dancing. They were clothed in fawn-skin...
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(also Dionysia) Any of several festivals of Dionysus, the wine god. Suppressed by the Roman senate in 186 BC. Bacchic cults included oaths of loyalty, organized funding, property and membership. In Greece, only women were admitted; in Rome, both were admitted and the festivities were held more often...
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1) Bacchanalia 2) Dionysia 3) Festival 4) Fete
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