festival celebrated in honour of Dionysus and Demeter (Menand. Rhet. quoted
by Meursius), or according to others of Demeter alone, as it is described by
Theocritus in his seventh idyll, and by the grammarians who wrote the
arguments to the same. It was held in autumn, after the harvest, to thank
the gods for the benefits they had conferred upon men (Spanheim ad
Callimach. Hymn. in Cer.
137; Wüstemann ad