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Dionysos

The Great Dionysia and Anthesteria

The theatre of Dionysos Eleutherios in Athens

The theatre of Dionysos Eleutherios in Athens

The Great Dionysia was held annually in Athens. The main feature of the festival was a theatre competition. Many different plays by different playwrights were performed and a winner was picked at the end of the festival.

This is a chous

This is a chous, a wine cup given to young boys as a present during the Anthesteria.

The Anthesteria was a great festival held in honour of Dionysos when the year's new wine jars were opened. During this festival children aged three were given their first taste of wine.