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Orgia In Latin Literature

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It may be instructive to look at the places where the loanword orgia is used in Latin literature. The word appears almost exclusively in poetry. It occupies the first or fifth foot in a dactylic hexameter; in a pentameter, it can be found at the beginning of either hemiepes. In Latin, the word orgia refers to the rites of Dionysus in nearly all instances. Servius even claims this is the only proper use of the word. In the remaining cases, the word refers to various rites and sacred objects or is used in a metaphorical sense.

Keywords: Orgia; dactylic hexameter; Dionysus; Latin literature; pentameter



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