This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi nonas maias

St. Helena
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ante diem vi nonas maias

  • ludi Florae (possible day 7) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms
  • c. 62 A.D. — martyrdom of James the Lesser in Jerusalem
  • c. 80 A.D. — martyrdom of Philip the Apostle in Heirapolis, Phrygia
  • 115 or 116 A.D. — martyrdom of Pope Alexander I in Rome
  • c. 286 — martyrdom of Maura at Thebias (Thebais?)
  • 326 — traditional date for Helena finding the ‘True Cross’ in Jerusalem …

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