festival celebrated by the Thessalians, which is compared to the Roman
Saturnalia. Its origin was traced to the ancient Pelasgian times. Sacrifices
were offered to Zeus Pelorios; and to the splendid banquets any strangers
were admitted, prisoners were set free, slaves enjoyed the greatest liberty
and were even waited upon by their masters. (Athen. 14.639
; cf. Panofka,
Abhandl. der Berlin. Akad.
1839, p. 35.)