This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi nonas maias

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
  • 1810 — Byron swims from Sestos to Abydos, imitating Leander’s visits to Hero