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maenad

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Classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
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Evidence indicates that men for the most part were excluded from maenadic rites at least through the end of the Hellenistic period.
The imagery of this room demonstrates on a grand scale male interest in maenadic subjects.
A chance survival of a bronze crater, dated to the first quarter of the fourth century and now in Berlin, demonstrates that violent maenadic imagery aligned with the interests and beliefs of the upper class that could afford to commission these objects (fig.
While it is not possible to reconstruct with confidence any attributes she may have carried, her loosened hair, gyrating pose, and revealing, swirling drapery were all maenadic characteristics continuing the conventions established in the fifth century.
In herself taking up a dreamy, intellectually aspiring Greek girl who is forced into the narrow confines of wifehood until she explodes in a moment of maenadic fury that destroys her own highest self rather than a male victim, (54) Levy was participating in a complex range of multiple discourses available to her from print culture.
With this maenadic gesture,' Gudrun celebrates Gerald's "mastery" of the show.
Ultimately, the god went down to Hades to resurrect his mother, Semele, now called Thyone--the leader of the Thyiades, the maenadic nurses who wake Dionysus Liknites in his cradle.
For reasons we cannot finally know, the gender restrictions of the fifties gathered some kind of Maenadic force for Anne, tumbling her into isolation, sham and death.
Attis's and Ariadne's failures to achieve adult married status are signaled through their representation as permanently engaged in perverse maenadic behavior: Attis conducts an orgiastic revel rife with maenadic features ending in irreversible servitude to Cybele, while Ariadne's union with Bacchus renders her a maenad forever under the god's control.
63 with Bacchus's revel in 64 and to cast Attis and Ariadne as maenadic females.
First, I present evidence that Attis's ritual orgy is brimming with Bacchic and maenadic ritual elements occasioned by their relation to, and significance for, the delineation of the theme of marriage in the poem.
286) between the maenadic ritual which helped woman to endure `their dull and isolated existence' and the `integrative' effect within modern social life of the Saturday night disco.