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I wish now to call before you the sacred herald who waits upon the wife of the king, when she administers the oath to the venerable priestesses as they carry their baskets1 in front of the altar before they touch the victims, in order that you may hear the oath and the words that are pronounced, at least as far as it is permitted you to hear them; and that you may understand how august and holy and ancient the rites are.“Oath of the Venerable Priestesses

I live a holy life and am pure and unstained by all else that pollutes and by commerce with man, and I will celebrate the feast of the wine god and the Iobacchic feast2 in honor of Dionysus in accordance with custom and at the appointed times.”

1 The baskets contained the salt meal which was sprinkled upon the heads of the victims.

2 These festivals derived their names from epithets applied to the God, and belonged to the ancient worship of Dionysus.

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