This Day in Ancient History

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  • ludi Apollinares (day 3) — games instituted in 212 B.C. after consulting the Sybilline books during a particularly bad stretch in the Punic Wars; four years later they became an annual festival in honour of Apollo
  • rites in honour of Vitula, possibly honouring a divinity who supposedly presided over victory celebrations … or perhaps she had something to do with heifers
  • 1851 — birth of Arthur Evans (excavator of Knossos)
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