This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vii kalendas sextilias

ante diem vii kalendas sextilias

¶  ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 7)

¶ 64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome continues (day 9)

¶ 110 A.D. — martyrdom of Hyacinthus

¶ 1893 — birth of E.R. Dodds (The Greeks and the Irrational)

… and I posted this a few years ago and like it, so here’s some fun from Petronius, Satyricon 53:

Et plane interpellavit saltationis libidinem actuarius, qui tanquam Vrbis acta recitavit: “VII kalendas Sextiles: in praedio Cumano, quod est Trimalchionis, nati sunt pueri XXX, puellae XL; sublata in horreum ex area tritici milia modium quingenta; boves domiti quingenti. Eodem die: Mithridates servus in crucem actus est, quia Gai nostri genio male dixerat. Eodem die: in arcam relatum est, quod collocari non potuit, sestertium centies. Eodem die: incendium factum est in hortis Pompeianis, ortum ex aedibus Nastae vilici.

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