This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvii kalendas quinctilias

ante diem xvii kalendas quinctilias

  • Quinquatrus minusculae (day 3 of a five-day festival honouring the birthday (maybe) of Minerva )
  • Quando stercus delatus fas (“When the ‘trash’ is taken out”) and the Temple of Vesta is closed to the public
  • 302 A.D. — martyrdom of Hesychius
  • 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Vitus (and companions)

This Day in Ancient History: idus junias

idus junias

This Day in Ancient History: pridie idus junias

pridie idus junias

  • 456 B.C. — Herodotus recites his Histories at Athens (according to one reckoning; supposedly on the 12th of Hekatombaion)
  • 17 B.C. — venatio, ludi circenses, lusus Troiae (the latter was a sort of precision equestrian drill put on by the sons of the rich and famous, probably a lot like the RCMP’s Musical Ride)
  • 86 A.D. — ludi Capitolini (day 7)