artists of Dionysus

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Generic name for the powerful guilds into which itinerant Greek actors and musicians formed themselves from the 3rd cent. bc. Their formation reflects the demand for Attic‐style drama from the 4th cent. in both Greece and the Hellenistic kingdoms, where they came under royal patronage. They chiefly served to secure benefits for members, notably personal inviolability in their travels and exemption from military service and local taxes. See clubs, greek.

Subjects: Classical Studies — Theatre.

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