from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Ancient Greek festivals held seasonally, chiefly at Athens, in honor of Dionysus, especially those held in the fall and connected with the development of early Greek drama.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Any of the festivals held in honor of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both tragedies and comedies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In classical antiquity, the orgiastic and dramatic festivals celebrated periodically in various parts of Greece, in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
The great feasts were commonly called Dionysia, from one of the names of that god, (58) and were solemnized in the spring within the city.
Therefore, this festival must have been officially known as the Dionysia έπί Ληναίω.
Elaphebolion, and was called the Dionysia ἐν ἄστει, Αστικὰ, or
Troth I know not that, * actual celebration, called the Dionysia: this was also the more apposite, as it was now this very comedy Avas in repre - sentation.
There are several theories about this, ranging from the dull (a goat might have been the prize at the Dionysia), to the moderately convincing (goats may once have been sacrificed to choral song, which evolved into tragedy as we know it, like in Antigone, etc.), to the highly impertinent (choral singers were young men much like goats in that they were hairy, smelly, and licentious).
My name in torchlights at the Dionysia Amphitheater.
He got the lead in a big production at the Dionysia Amphitheater in Greece, so he just took off.
The star of the new play in the Dionysia Amphitheater—the biggest theater in all of Greece—has gotten a bad case of catarrh!
There are no immediate references to childrenfor instance, in the deed poll of the foundation of Bethlehem, he requests that masses be sung for the souls of his departed ancestors and descendants, and for his friends Guy of Marlow, John Durant, Ralph Anway, of Matilda, Margery and for Dionysia their wives, but no mention is made of children.
At the annual Festival of Dionysia in Athens, playwrights competed to determine whose tragedy was the best.