This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv nonas octobres

ante diem iv nonas octobres

  • fast in honour of Ceres — in 191 B.C., consultation of the Sybilline books ordered a fast to be held every five years in honour of the Roman goddess Ceres, who presided over grain and harvesting. By Augustus’ day, the fast was an annual event which curiously coincides fairly closely with the Athenian Thesmophoria.
  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 — from 19-23 A.D.) — a festival in honour of Augustus involving primarily mime and pantomime theatrical displays
  • 1909 — birth of James. B. Pritchard (“Biblical” archaeologist and author of The Ancient Near East, among other things)

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