This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v idus maias

Detalle do fresco cos Lares.
Image by DivesGallaecia via Flickr

ante diem v idus maias

  • Lemuria (day 2) — a private and public appeasement of the dead; the Roman paterfamilias would rise at midnight to conduct a ritual involving beans and bronze
  • rites in honour of Mania — a Roman divinity who was considered the goddess of the dead; she was also the mother of the Lares
  • 14 A.D. — Augustus’ last official census comes to an end
  • 330 — Constantine renames Byzantium and makes it his capital
  • 1988 — death of E.T. Salmon (Samnium and the Samnites)

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