thiasus


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thiasus

(ˈθaɪəsəs)
n
(in ancient Greece) a congregation of people who have gathered to sing and dance at a festival in honour of a god
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simul haec comitibus Attis cecinit notha mulier, thiasus repente linguis trepidantibus ululat, love tympanum remugit, cava cymbala recrepant, viridem citus adit Idam properante pede chores.
4) Thiasus, Lucius' owner in Corinth and ambitious to become a quinquennial magistrate, sought to secure this elevation and its gloria publica by promising a lavish three-day gladiatorial show (10,18).
Thiasus rewarded his freedman for arranging Lucius' sexual encounter with the lady of rank (10,23).
The next section of book 10, chapters 13--18 concerns the cook-brothers and Lucius' new master, Thiasus, who stages lavish entertainments and treats his donkey as a conuiua.
Lucius' apparent good fortune at this moment is illusory: as soon as the whim strikes Thiasus to have his conuiua perform in the arena with a condemned woman and risk being mauled by beasts, Lucius becomes no more than an animal to him (p.