This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvii kalendas maias

ante diem xvii kalendas maias

  • ludi Cereri continue (day 4)– games in honour of the grain goddess Ceres, instituted by/before 202 B.C.
  • Fordicidia — an obvious fertility ritual in which a pregnant cow would be sacrificed to the earth goddess Tellus
  • 421 B.C. — Peace of Nikias brings the first phase of the Peloponnesian war (a.k.a. the Archidamian War) to an end (by one reckoning)
  • 69 A.D. — the forces of emperor wannabe Vitellius defeat the forces of emperor wannabe Otho
  • 251 A.D. — Martyrdom of Maximus and Olympiades in Persia

One thought on “This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvii kalendas maias

  1. It’s Fordicicidia?! That one always sneaks up on me. Time to go find a pregnant heffer…

    PS: I always hated Vitellius. Go team Otho! Then Team Galba!!! Never mind, all about Vespasian!!

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