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As is evident from the lexica the most comprehensive modern lexicon of Liddell and Scott is no exception the following development of the meaning of ὄργια is generally presumed: ὄργια are secret rites performed by initiates; rites in general; sacrifices; and secrets and mysteries outside the realm of religion. This chapter provides an overview of the places where the term ὄργια occurs in its different meanings. It reports some explanations by ancient etymologists. The chapter also provides some explanations of several cognate words in the ancient lexica.

Keywords: ὄργια; ancient etymologists; ancient lexica

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