This Day in Ancient History ~ pridie idus octobres

pridie idus octobres

  • Scene from Vergil, Aeneid, 3.147: The penates ...

    Scene from Vergil, Aeneid, 3.147: The penates call Aeneas to leave Cretes for Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    rites in honour of the Penates Dei — the Penates Dei were originally the penates who watched over the storehouse of the king (when Rome had such, obviously); at some point, the Penates Dei came to be identified with Castor and Pollux, but they still had a temple under their own name on the Velian hill which was apparently restored by Augustus.

  • 223 A.D. — martyrdom of Calixtus
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