Definition of Thiasus

1. Noun. (''in Ancient Greece'') A group of singers and dancers assembled to celebrate the festival of one of the gods ¹



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Definition of Thiasus

1. worshippers collectively dancing and singing [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Thiasus

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Literary usage of Thiasus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1889)
"... and so the thiasus, also, is almost exclusively formed of women— of those who experience most directly the influence of things which touch thought ..."

2. Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus (1893)
"Simul haec comitibus Attis cecinit notha mulier, thiasus repente linguis ... 28. thiasus : of a band of raving devotees, as in 64. ..."

3. The Politics and Economics of Aristotle by Aristotle, John Gillies (1853)
"... called by this name, who clubbed together, kept a common fund, purchased land, etc., for religious purposes. A member of such a thiasus was called a ..."

4. The Progress of the Intellect: As Ememplified in the Religious Development by Robert William Mackay (1850)
"Happy the man," it might be said, " who purifies his life, and who reverently consecrates his soul in the thiasus of the god*0. ..."

5. An Encyclopaedia of Religions by Maurice Arthur Canney (1921)
"The Greek term thiasus was used (1) of " a society which had selected some goti for its natron, and held sacrifices, festal processions, and banquets at ..."

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