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Festival of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy.

The Bacchanalia were Roman festival of Bacchus. It was based on Greek Dionysia and the Dionysian Mysteries. Some people said it’s introduced to Rome by captives from the formerly Greek city of Tarentum. Like many mystery cults, this were strict privacy.

Roman historian Livy claimed that the earliest version of this was open for women only, 3 days of the year, in daylight. However, north of Rome, they had established a nocturnal version, added wine and feasting to the mix, so acquired an enthusiastic women and men. This version involved wine-drinking to excess, drunkenness and free mingling of the sexes and classes, also involved loud music.

In modern usage, Bacchanalia can mean any type of uninhibited or drunken revelry.

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