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 (dī′ə-nĭz′ē-ə, -nĭzh′ē-ə, -nĭs′ē-ə)
Ancient Greek festivals held seasonally, chiefly at Athens, in honor of Dionysus, especially those held in the spring and connected with the development of early Greek drama.

[Latin Dionȳsia, from Greek Dionūsia (hiera), (festivities) of Dionysus, neuter pl. of Dionūsios; see Dionysian.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) (in ancient Greece) festivals of the god Dionysus: a source of Athenian drama
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(ˌdaɪ əˈnɪʃ i ə, -ˈnɪs-)

the orgiastic and dramatic festivals held periodically in honor of Dionysus from which Greek comedy and tragedy developed.
[1890–95; < Latin < Greek]
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Noun1.Dionysia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)Dionysia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
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at the festival of Dionysus in Athens, Aeschylus' trilogy Oresteia won the first prize.
Prof Beacham said: 'We know it figured in the various ceremonies and rituals that took place with the festival of Dionysus, the biggest festival of the year as far for Athenians.
Indeed, in Symposium Alcibiades uses the ribbons due Agathon for Agathon's first-place play at the festival of Dionysus - the symposium's occasion - to crown Socrates (213e), an action which presents Alcibiades as Dionysus and Socrates as the divine Silenus of Alcibiades' ensuing argument ("Isn't he just like a statue of Silenus?" [215b]).

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