This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v kalendas maias

ante diem v kalendas maias

ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 1) — 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 (Chloris is also mentioned … I’m still trying to figure that one out).

4977 B.C. — birth of the universe, according to the calculations of Johannes Kepler

399 B.C. — death of Socrates (by one reckoning)

"Floralia", Öl auf Leinwand, 104 x 1...
"Floralia", Öl auf Leinwand, 104 x 162 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1753 — birth of Edward Gibbon

1870 — Heinrich Schliemann ‘discovers’ Troy

This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas junias

Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1...
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pridie nonas junias

  • 468 B.C. — birth of Socrates (by one reckoning)
  • 218 B.C. (?) — dedication of the Temple of the Great Custodian Hercules (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 105 A.D. — The emperor Trajan departs on his second campaign against the Dacians
  • 204 A.D. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 1)