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1. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Dionysus or the Dionysia.
2. often dionysiac Ecstatic or wild.

[Latin Dionȳsiacus, from Greek Dionūsiakos, from Dionūsios; see Dionysian.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Dionysus or his worship
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) a less common word for Dionysian
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Firstly, it is certainly not later than the beginning of the sixth century, for it makes no mention of Iacchus, and the Dionysiac element was introduced at Eleusis at about that period.
Musical amateurs, too, are a folk strangely out of place among philosophers, for they are the last persons in the world who would come to anything like a philosophical discussion, if they could help, while they run about at the Dionysiac festivals as if they had let out their ears to hear every chorus; whether the performance is in town or country--that makes no difference--they are there.
Another Sasanian edifice that may also have had a religious function is the large complex located at the northern limits of Bisapur, where the famous mosaics with Dionysiac scenes where excavated.
A discovery off the coast can be a godsend to the tourist industry of a small Greek or Italian community, as was the case with the surfacing of the Mazara del Vallo dancing satyr, a powerful, over-lifesize image of Dionysiac revelry, which was found near that Sicilian town in 1998 (Fig.
The answer is that both the heroes of Greek tragedies and the chorus function for the audience as a coherent Apolline forming or housing of Dionysiac energies.
The snakes would rear their heads out of the baskets, terrifying the male participants in Dionysiac rites and orgies.
The performance of the seventh was exhilarating, with a darkbrowed solemn allegretto and with the strings excelling in a finale of dionysiac frenzy.
20) As laughter shifts from ridicule to ridiculous incongruity, and from Dionysiac giggling joy to the grotesque (in Jan Kott's sense), the boundaries of the tragic genre, the supposed dignity of the hero and the comfortable expectations of the audience are challenged and thrown open to tragic aporia.
The love that Atalanta represents is divisive precisely because Atalanta (as Artemis's devotee) stands for the forces of nature which are opposed to the order of the city, the Dionysiac rather than the Apollonian.
In Dionysiac masculine dances--portrayed on ceramics of antiquity--mimetics, obscene gestures, and motion are performed and motivated iconicity occurs in tratta, a popular Greek dance (see Delavaud-Roux, Les Danses dionysiaques).
Among the topics are official and non-official modes of representing the leader and the divine; from warrior to statesman in art and ideology; Octavian Augustus and the image of Alexander the Great; the acanthus of the Ara Pacis as an Apolline and Dionysiac symbol of anamorphosis, anakyklosis, and numen mixtum; the insanity of Caligula or the insanity of the Jews: differences in perception and religious belief; and astral theology, Castorian imagery, and the dual heirs in the transmission of leadership.
80) Morgan 2004b, 8-9 summarizes many of the Dionysiac references in the novel: e.