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Fasti: Saturday, 12 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:02 am

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Fasti for Saturday, 12 April:


Pridie Idus Apriles
[N]
LUDI CEREALES
(these last until the Cerialia on the 19th)

Piscinus' quote for the day:

"The wise man will command his emotions, a fool obeys his." (Publilius Syrus)


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Fasti: Sunday, 13 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:32 am

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Fasti for Sunday, 13 April:


Idibus Aprilibus
[NP]
LUDI CEREALES; FERIAE IOVI
Notes: Every Ides is sacred to Iuppiter. Idibus alba iovi grandior agna cadit. -Ovidius


Dunno if I've mentioned it on this page; but M Horatius Piscinus, our Pontifex Maximus and current Consul Novae Romae, created a Roman Calendar for the SVR Web site. Each day has the basic Fasti information, plus descriptions of whatever celebrations and/or historical events took place on that day, and often a pearl of wisdom from our ancient predecessors. Yes, this is where I get all the purple quotes. Here is today's:


* Ludi Cereri: Temples dedicated to Jupiter Victor (295 BCE) and Jupiter Libertas (246 BCE).
"Jupiter, if it is greatly pleasing to You, that we, rather than Mezentium, should give offerings to You, accordingly may You make us victorious." (Cato, Origines fr. I.12).


Counting down to Austin...!

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Fasti: Monday, 14 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:30 am

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Fasti for Monday, 14 April:


ante diem XVIII Kalendas Maias
[N], Ater
LUDI CEREALES


On this day in history...

...Vitellius defeated Otho at Bedriacum, 69 CE.

Heia, who's going to do these while I'm out of town?

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Fasti: Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:21 am

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Fasti for Tuesday, 15 April:


ante diem XVII Kalendas Maias
[NP]
FORDICIDIA, LUDI CEREALES
Notes: Fordicidia (also called Hordicidia) is a festival for the goddess Tellus held on April 15.


From our calendar:

* Sacrifice to Tellus of a pregnant cow, the ashes of the calf kept by the Vestal Virgins and used in the purification rites of Parilia.
* Supplicatio to Victoria Augusta in honor of victory at Mutina, 43 BCE.
* Battle of Bononia where Vibius Pansa defeated Anthony, 43 BCE.


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Fasti: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:02 am

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Fasti for Wednesday, 16 April:


ante diem XVI Kalendas Maias
[N]
LUDI CEREALES


This is my last full day at home before leaving for the Feriae Latinae. Let's see what the SVR calendar has to say...


"A festival calls for singing and drinking and love-making. These are fit gifts to carry to the temples and please the gods." (Ovid, Amores 3.10.47-48)


(Woo-hoo!) >({|:-)

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Fasti: Thursday, 17 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:48 am

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Fasti for Thursday, 17 April:


ante diem XV Kalendas Maias
[N]
LUDI CEREALES


"Flaxen-haired Ceres, Your fine tresses wreathed with ears of wheat…no other goddess so lavishes men and women with everything good."
(Ovid, Amores 3.10.3-6).
* Death of Proclus, 485 CE


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Fasti: Friday, 18 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:21 am

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Fasti for Friday, 18 April:


ante diem XIV Kalendas Maias
[N]
LUDI CEREALES


(aka Servilius and Marius light out for Austin!) <bg>

Horatius Piscinus' quote of the day:


"Golden-haired Ceres, bless this our farm; a crown of wheat I shall hang before your altar." (Tibullus I.1.15-16)



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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:26 am

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The Roman Calendar for Saturday April 19, 2008:

Ante diem XIII Kalendas Maias
[NP]
LUDI CEREALES, CEREALIA


CEREALIA is celebrated in honour of the goddess Ceres, whose wanderings in search of her lost daughter Proserpine were represented at Rome by women clothed in white who would run about with lighted torches (Ov. Fast. IV.494). Games were celebrated in the Circus Maximus (Tacit. Ann. XV.53) with the racing of horses (SVR Calendar); the spectators appeared in white (Ov. Fast. IV.620).

There was a sacrifice of a pregnant sow to Ceres. In the fields, foxes were released with their tails aflame. At the Aventine temple a lectisternium was held for Ceres and Tellus, Liber and Libera, Consus and Ops -- this was a banquet for the gods, whose images were laid reclining on couches, with food laid out before them (lectum sternere, "to spread a couch"). (SVR Calendar; Dict. Greek and Roman Antiquities, 1875).

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Re: Fasti: Friday, 18 April 2008

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:04 pm

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Fasti for Sunday April 20, 2008:


Ante diem XII Kalendas Maias
[N]


[N] = Nefastus (comitia: no; courts: no).

"Come to us, Liber, with clusters of grapes dangling from your horns, and you, too, Ceres, with a wreath of newly ripened wheat upon your temples, come! Gods of our fathers, we purify our farmers and our fruitful fields; we ask that you drive away harm from our borders. Let not the now sprouting plants succumb before harvest, let not the timid lambs be outrun by swift wolves." (Tibillus II.1.3-4; 17-20, ab Calendario SVR notum.)

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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:22 pm

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Fasti for Monday, 4/21/2008, 12:00 am


Ante Diem XI Kalendas Maias

NP: et PARILIA; et ROMA CONDITA.

- Parilia
: the celebration of Pales, the Good Shepherd and Shepherdess.
- On this day the flamen sacrifices to Pales.
- Oves lustrantur, the shepherds lead flocks in leaping over smoldering beanstalks.

- Roma Condita: legendary Founding of Rome herself (in 753 BC/BCE).
- We are celebrating this anniversary in the year 2761 AUC (ab Urbe condita).

[NP] Nefastus Publicus (ordinary citizens may not commit acts of physical violence, or
begin lawsuits, and should try to avoid quarrels; comitia: no; courts: no)


* The traditional date for the founding of Rome, April 21, 753 BC, was initiated by Varro. The correctness of Varro's calculation has not been proved scientifically but is still used worldwide.

Dies hic noster est dies.

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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:13 pm

Salvete, Quirites -

Fasti for Tuesday April 22, 2008:


Ante Diem X Kalendas Maias

[N]
Nefastus (comitia: no; courts: no)

- Cicero delivers the fourteenth and last Philippic, proposing a thanksgiving for the victory over Antony at Bononia, 43 BCE.
[per nostri SVR Calendarii auctoritatem.]


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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:54 am

Salvete, Amici -

Fasti for Wednesday, 4/23/08:


Ante Diem IX Kalendas Maias

[F]
Fastus - comitia: no; courts: yes

VINALIA PRIORA (Vinalia Urbana)


There are two "Vinalia" festivals celebrated each year by the Romans: the Vinalia Urbana or priora; and then the Vinalia rustica or altera. The vinalia urbana are celebrated on the 23rd of April (a.d. IX. Kalend. Mai.). The wine casks filled the preceding autumn were opened for the first time in April, and the wine tasted (Pliny H.N. XVIII.69 s3). But before men actually tasted the new wine, a libation was offered to Jupiter, which was called calpar.

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Fasti for common date Thurs, April 24, 2008

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:35 am

Avete, Quirites -

The Fasti for Thursday April 24, 2008:


Ante Diem VIII Kalendas Maias

[C] Comitialis (comitia: yes; courts: yes)


- The Festival of Courtesans: "As many fish as live in the sea, as many birds as are covered by foliage, as many stars as are held in the sky, so many girls does your Rome hold dear" (Ovid Ars Amatoria 1.58-59).

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Fasti: Friday, 25 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:37 am

Salvete omnes!

Fasti for Friday, 25 April:


ante diem VII Kalendas Maias
[NP]
ROBIGALIA

Notes: The Robigalia is a public festival to preserve the fields from mildew; it is said to have been instituted by Numa, and was celebrated a.d. vii. Kal. Mai. (April 25th) (Pliny, Historia Naturalis XVIII.29 s69; Varro, de Re Rustica I.1 p90, ed. Bip.; de Lingua Latina VI.16, ed. Müll.; Festus, s.v.). The sacrifices offered on this occasion consisted of the entrails of a dog and a sheep, accompanied with frankincense and wine: a prayer was presented by a flamen in the grove of the ancient deity, whom Ovid and Columella make a goddess (Ovid, Fasti IV.907-09;942; Colum. X.342).


Here's our entry:


* Sacrifice of a dog by the Flamen Quirinalis at the fifth mile on the Via Claudia. "Spare Ceres’ grain, O scabby Robigo, let the tips of new shoots sway gently above the earth, let growing crops be nourished …keep your scaly hands from the harvest." (Ovid, Fasti IV.911-21)
* Serapia: Temple of Serapis on the Quirinal dedicated in 217 CE.


This day is of personal significance to me. Seven years ago on this date I left Nova Roma, some weeks after most of my friends had done so on the Ides of March. I was awaiting the outcome of one last round of negotiations, which fell through. I left when it became clear that I could do nothing else. By then I was feeling a bit like a sacrificed dog myself.

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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:36 am

Or a sacrificed wolf, perhaps! Nice to have you back on line, Marii.
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Fasti: Saturday, 26 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:23 am

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Fasti for Saturday, 26 April:


ante diem VI Kalendas Maias [C]


* Birth of Marcus Aurelius, 121 CE. "Short-lived are both the praiser and the praised." (Meditations 8.21)


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Fasti: Sunday, 27 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:29 am

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Fasti for Sunday, 27 April:


ante diem V Kalendas Maias [C]

* Defeat of Anthony at Mutina by Aulus Hirtius, who died in the battle, 43 BCE.

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Fasti: Monday, 28 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:17 am

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Fasti for Monday, 28 April:


ante diem IV Kalendas Maias
[C]
LUDI FLORAE
(to 3 Mai)

From our site calendar:


* FLORALIA: Temple of Flora in Circus Maximus dedicated, 238 BCE; Festival, est. 173 BCE, celebrated with theater performances and circus games.


Tip o' the galea to socius Nicolaus Moravius Vado, Flamen Floralis in Britannia. >({|:-)

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Fasti: Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:16 am

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Fasti for Tuesday, 29 April:


ante diem III Kalendas Maias [C]


* Ludi Florae (Floralis) s'more: "Flora, I pray, sprinkle my heart with Your gifts." (Ovid, Fasti 5.378)


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Fasti: Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:29 pm

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Fasti for Wednesday, 30 April (twelve hours late, but not yet expired!):


Pridie Kalendas Maias
[C]
Notes: The last day of each month is sacred to Hekate.


* Ludi Florae
* Battle of the Ergenus River, Licinius defeating Maximinus Daia, 313 CE


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