Saturday, July 07, 2012

This Day in Ancient History: nonae iuliae

ludi Apol­linares (day 2)– games insti­tut­ed in 212 B.C. after con­sult­ing the Sybilline books dur­ing a par­tic­u­lar­ly bad stretch in the Punic Wars; four years later they became an annu­al fes­ti­val in hon­our of Apol­lo

feri­ae Ancil­larum — a fes­ti­val in hon­our of the "maids" who helped save Rome from a Latin attack in the days after the Gal­lic sack

rites in hon­our of Juno Caproti­na — rites pos­si­bly asso­ci­at­ed with the above in which Latin women offered sac­ri­fices to Juno Caproti­na under wild fig trees (the branch­es of the tree were also some­how used … the old canard of 'fer­til­i­ty rit­u­al' is usu­al­ly men­tioned in this con­text)

rites in hon­our of Con­sus in the Cir­cus Max­imus — 'pub­lic priests' offered a sac­ri­fice to Con­sus (pos­si­bly in a role of pre­sid­ing over grain which has been stored under­ground) at his under­ground altar (was it uncov­ered for this?) at the first turn­ing point in the Cir­cus