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p1120 Thalysia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p1120 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

THALY′SIA (θαλύσια), a festival celebrated in honour of Dionysus and Demeter (Menand. Rhet. quoted by Meursius), or according to others Demeter alone, as it is described by Theocritus in his seventh idyll, and by the grammarians who wrote the argumenta to the same. It was held in autumn, after the harvest, to thank the gods for the benefits they had conferred upon men (Spanheim ad Callimach. hymn. in Cer. 20 and 137; Wüstemann ad Theocrit. Idyll. VII.3).a


Thayer's Note:

a See also the article Aloa.


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