(See Hawk, below.) (ix.) It is commonly assumed that the animals associated with certain deities are sacred because the god was originally theriomorphic; this is doubtless the case in certain instances; but Apollo Smintheus, Dionysus Bassareus and other examples seem to show that the god may have been appealed to for help and thus become associated with the animals from whom he protected the crops, &c.
Century), Sabazius, and Bassareus, are also Thracian names of the god.
The two first (like Iacchus, Bromius and Euios) have been connected with the loud " shout " (0-a06 ctv = A"ECV = Euaq"Et y) of his worshippers, Bassareus with OacQapac, the fox-skin garments of the Thracian Bacchanals.
Ridgeway (Classical Review, January 1896), comparing Apollo Smintheus, interprets Bassareus as " he who keeps away the foxes from the vineyards " (for various interpretations of these and other cult-titles, see O.