MAENADS (Gr. Maivaots, frenzied women), the female attendants of Dionysus. They are known by other names Bacchae, Thyiades, Clodones and Mimallones (the last two probably of Thracian origin) all more or less synonymous.
See the exhaustive articles by A. Legrand in Daremberg and Saglio's Dictionnaire des antiquit&s and A. Rapp in Roscher's Lexikon der Mythologie; also editions of Euripides, Bacchae (e.g. J. E. Sandys).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)