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τὰ ἀσκώλια). “The leaping upon the leather-bag” was one of the many kinds of amusements in which the Athenians indulged during the Anthesteria and other festivals in honour of Dionysus. The Athenians sacrificed a he-goat to

Ascoliasmus: Dancing on a Wine-skin. (From an Ancient Gem in Krause.)

the god, made a bag out of the skin, smeared it with oil, and then tried to dance upon it ( Georg. ii. 384). The various accidents accompanying this attempt afforded great amusement to the spectators. He who succeeded was victor, and received the skin as a reward.

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