Pagan celebration in honor of Dionysos that continued to be celebrated in Byzantium (q.v.). It lasted for almost a month, from 24 November until the winter solstice. The carnival atmosphere included men and women in costumes and masks, dancing in the streets to songs in honor of the god. It was condemned at the Council of Trullo (q.v.) in 691-692, but Constantine V (q.v.) celebrated it at court in the following century.

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