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 (kôr′ə-bănt′, kŏr′-)
n. pl. Cor·y·bants or Cor·y·ban·tes (-băn′tēz′) Greek Mythology
A priest of the Phrygian goddess Cybele whose rites were celebrated with music and ecstatic dances.

Cor′y·ban′tic adj.


n, pl Corybants or Corybantes (ˌkɒrɪˈbæntiːz)
(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele
[C14: from Latin Corybās, from Greek Korubas, probably of Phrygian origin]
ˌCoryˈbantian, ˌCoryˈbantic, ˌCoryˈbantine adj


(ˈkɔr əˌbænt, ˈkɒr-)

n., pl. Cor•y•ban•tes (ˌkɔr əˈbæn tiz, ˌkɒr-) Cor•y•bants.
a priest or votary of Cybele.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Corybant-, s. of Corybās < Greek Korýbās]
cor`y•ban′tic, adj.
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He said: "That's how it is with the Corybantes, who have sharp ears only for the specific song that belongs to whatever god possesses them; they have plenty of words and movements to go with that song; but they are quite lost if the music is different" (Ion 943-944).
30) Strabo tells us that the Curetes, Corybantes, Cabiri, Dactyls, and Telchines were frequently conflated.
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In Ion, Plato compares the state of the enthusiastic rhapsode to "the worshiping Corybantes," [followers of the cult of Dionysius] who, "are not in their sense when they dance [.
He has nothing to say about any Socratic philosophical message; only that 'en l'ecoutant, je sens palpiter mon coeur plus fortement que si j'etais agite de la manie dansante des corybantes, ses paroles font couler mes larmes [.
Thus the composers of lyrical poetry create those admired songs of theirs in a state of divine insanity, like the Corybantes [followers of the goddess Cybele, who worshipped her with wild dances and music], who lose all control over their reason in the enthusiasm of the sacred dance.