ExoRcrs~r. AscETICis:.r The Greeks receiYed from the Thracians and assimilated

to their own pmposcs the worship of Dionysos, just as, in all probability, tl1cy rcceiYecl the personality ancl worship of :\res and the l\luses. Of this assimilation we cannot give any fmthcr particnlars; it took place in a period lying before the lwginnings of historical tradition. ln this period a mnltiplirit~' of separate temlcncies and conceptions, freely mingled with features borrowed from foreign creeds, \\"ere welded together to form the religion of Greece.