This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v idus maias

ante diem v idus maias

Lemuria (day 2) — a private and public

A lar (household god) from the Muri statuette ...
A lar (household god) from the Muri statuette group, a noted collection of bronze figures of Gallo-Roman found in Muri bei Bern, Switzerland, 1832. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)