William "Bill" Davis is a former American professional darts player who played for the British Darts Organisation and Professional Darts Corporation events. Davis made his televised debut in the States, taking part in the World Series of Darts in 2006, losing in the first round to Denis Ovens in a tight game. Davis qualified for the Las Vegas Desert Classic the same year, but lost in round one to Terry Jenkins. Davis qualified for the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship where he was beaten by Andy Jenkins in the first round, he followed this with a third round showing in the 2007 US Open. Davis reached the last 16 of the PDPA Players Championship in Las Vegas, but failed to qualify for the Desert Classic. Davis reached the semi final of the North American Darts Championship on the eve of the 2008 US Open, losing to eventual winner Darin Young, he reached the last 16 of the US Open, defeating Tony Eccles before losing to surprise package David Fatum who went on to reach the semi finals. He qualified for the 2008 Desert Classic through the US Order of Merit, losing in the first round to Mark Walsh.
Davis finished second in the American Order of Merit which earned him a spot in the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship. He defeated reigning champion John Part in the first round by three sets to nil, he lost in the second round to Welshman Barrie Bates. 2007: 1st Round 2009: 2nd Round Profile and stats on Darts Database
The Lenaia was an annual Athenian festival with a dramatic competition. It was one of the lesser festivals of Ionia in ancient Greece; the Lenaia took place in Athens in Gamelion corresponding to January. The festival was in honour of Dionysus Lenaios."Lenaia" comes from "lenos"'wine-press' or from "lenai", another name for the Maenads. The Lenaia is depicted on numerous vases, which show both typical Maenad scenes and those of aristocrats and wine-mixing rituals, it is unknown what kind of worship occurred at the festival, but it may have been in honor of Dionysus as a youth or the rebirth of Dionysus after his murder by the Titans. It may have had some connection with the Eleusinian Mysteries, as some of the same religious officials were involved; these officials led the procession, which ended with a sacrifice. In Athens, the festival was held in the Lenaion but moved to the Theatre of Dionysus by the mid-fifth century. Beginning in the second half of the 5th century BCE, plays were performed.
The audiences for the Lenaia were limited to the local population, since travel by sea at that time of year was considered unsafe. Metics, were allowed to both participate and act as choregoi. Around 442 BCE, new comic contests were included in the Lenaia, though plays may have been performed there earlier on an informal basis. At first, the festival held dramatic competitions only for comedy, but in 432 BCE a tragic contest was introduced. Many of Aristophanes' plays were first performed there, such as'Knights'; as with the competition at the City Dionysia, five comedies competed. When the contest for tragedy was introduced, two tragedians competed. No contests for satyr for the singing and dancing of dithyrambs, were included. Towards the end of the century, the festival's plays were performed in the Theatre of Dionysus, it is unknown when the Lenaia was abandoned, but contests of some sort continued into the 2nd century BCE. Dionysia Anthesteria Brockett, Oscar G. and Franklin J. Hildy. 2003. History of the Theatre.
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