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Anthesteria

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Anthesteria, one of the four Athenian festivals in honor of Dionysus, was held annually for three days, the eleventh to thirteenth of the month of Anthesterion; it was preceded by the Lenaia. At the centre of this wine-drinking festival was the celebration of the maturing of the wine stored at the previous vintage, whose pithoi were now ceremoniously opened, and the beginning of spring. Athenians of the Classical age were aware that the festival was of great antiquity; Walter Burkert points out that the mythic reflection of this is the Attic founder-king Theseus' release of Ariadne to Dionysus, but this is no longer considered a dependable sign that the festival had been celebrated in the Minoan period. Since the festival was celebrated by Athens and all the Ionian cities, it is assumed that it must have preceded the Ionian migration of the late eleventh or early tenth century BC.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2008)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

ANTHESTERIA. \0an-th'-9stir-%-'\, an Athenian festival in honor of DIONYSUS, held annually for three days in the month of Anthesterion (February–March) to celebrate the beginning of spring and the maturing of the wine stored at the previous vintage. On the first day LIBATIONS were offered to Dionysus from the newly opened casks. The second day was a time of popular merrymaking, but ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Polite Literature (1804)

Or, Fabulous History of the Heathen Gods and Illustrious Heroes

ANTHESTERIA. An Athenian festival in honour of Bacchus, upon the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth of the month Anthesterion, or February. The first day, they only opened the vessels, and tasted the wine, but the second day they drank copiously, and in emulation - of each other. The best drinker was rewarded with a crown of leaves, or rather of gold, and a vessel of wine. It was usual also on that day, to ride out in chariots, and ridicule the passers by. The third day, the comedians ...

Google previewThe Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2 (2010)

Revised Full-Color Edition

The Anthesteria, a threeday spring festival in honor of Dionysus, during which everyone got drunk, preserves elements of a placation of ghosts. One of the sacrifices of this festival is not offered to Dionysus at all; nor, unlike the usual Greek sacrifices, is it eaten by the people. Eating symbolizes either communion or identification with the god. The refusal to eat seems to indicate that the god, ghost, or spirit is being sent away. On the second day of this festival they chewed buckthorn, ...

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