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  • (We may state here that the Thyrsus was the mystic-wand carried by the

    Mystic Christianity

  • The rod of the ancient Bacchus was his Thyrsus, with which he separated the waters of the Orontes, the Hydaspus, and the Red Sea.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Thyrsus scrabbled inside the rug, emerged with it.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Thyrsus handed him a sword; Octavian tested the blade and found it sharp as a razor.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Proculeius, Thyrsus, and Epaphroditus ranged themselves along the tent wall out of eyeshot of both participants in this drama, hardly breathing from their terror.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • “Proculeius, Thyrsus, go in through the opening at the top of that scaffolding.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Then Thyrsus and Epaphroditus joined him and the three women were restrained.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Thyrsus asked Octavian as darkness fell and palace servants came with torches to light the area.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Thyrsus had rolled the body inside the rug, but it was so long that the feet protruded.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • {78} Virgil, Eclogues I. {79} I remember this, that conquered Thyrsus achieved nothing: meanwhile for our time it is Corydon [who is the winner].

    Defence of Poesie

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  • A thyrsus is a staff made from a giant fennel stalk, topped with a pinecone. It symbolizes the unity of the cultivated (fennel) and the wild (pine) in Dionysian worship.

    August 30, 2009