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Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia băkənā´lēə [key], in Roman religion, festival in honor of Bacchus, god of wine. Originally a religious ceremony, like the Liberalia , it gradually became an occasion for drunken, licentious excesses and was finally forbidden by law (186 BC).

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