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Bendideia

Βενδίδεια). A Thracian festival in honour of the goddess Bendis (q.v.), who is said to be identical with the Grecian Artemis, and with the Roman Diana. The festival was of a bacchanalian character. From Thrace it was brought to Athens, where it was celebrated in the Piraeus, in the month Thargelion. The temple of Bendis was called Βενδίδειον.

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