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The Use Of Οργια In Inscriptions

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The uses of ὄργια in inscriptions can be categorized as follows: (1) Dionysiac rites; (2) Eleusinian mysteries; (3) Other religious rites; (4) Rites in a metaphorical sense; (5) Cult regulations; (6) Cult objects; and (7) Epithet for Isis. In inscriptions, the word ὄργια is used for various rites: It refers to the special rites of Dionysus. The word denotes the rites of the Eleusinian mysteries and also the imitation of these rites at Miletus. The word is used for the mystery rites of several other deities: Artemis; Cybele; Herse and others; and the enigmatic Zeus Dionysus Gongylus. It is used in a metaphorical sense for the work of physicians and for the 'rites of love' in Menander's play.

Keywords: ὄργια; cult objects; cult regulations; Dionysiac rites; Eleusinian mysteries; Epithet for Isis; inscriptions



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