This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi nonas maias

ante diem vi nonas maias

Finding of the true cross by St Helena. Illust...
Finding of the true cross by St Helena. Illustration from MS CLXV, Biblioteca Capitolare, Vercelli, a compendium of canon law from Northern Italy, ca. 825. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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