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Fasti: Thursday, 1 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:33 am

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Fasti for Thursday, 1 Mai:


Kalendis Maiis
[F]
Notes: Every Kalends is sacred to Iuno. "Vindicat Ausonias Iunonis cura kalendas..." -Ovidius


And on our SVR calendar, Piscinus describes a very busy day!:

* Floralia.
* Vestal Virgin Licinia added an aedicula, pulvinar, and ara to the Aventine Temple of Bona Dea in 123 BCE. There the Flamen Volcanalis would sacrifice to the Bona Dea, in the area that men could enter. Men were prohibited from entering into the Temple itself on the Aventine.
* Procession of the Serpents held for Angitia, the Marruccini Bona Dea, goddess of healing and prophecy.
* Festival of the Lares Praestites, the genii of watch dogs who protected the City.
* Lighting of lamps at the tombs of ancestors.
* Lustratio of the crops at Casilium (Capua).


And, lastest but not leastest..


* Societas Via Romana founded with Collegium Philosophicum, Collegium Latinum, Collegium Artium, and Collegium Religionis, AUC 2754 / 2001 CE.


>({|:-) for everything, and
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Fasti: Friday, 2 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu May 01, 2008 5:16 am

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Fasti for Friday, 2 Mai:


ante diem VI nonas Maias
[F], Ater


From our SVR calendar:

* Floralia: Rabbits and deer released into the crowds; originally held in the Forum, later moved to the Circus.

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Those dies ater

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu May 01, 2008 7:40 pm

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P Ovidius Naso on why the day after the Kalends, Nones or Ides is always ater:


vindicat Ausonias Iunonis cura Kalendas;
Idibus alba Iovi grandior agna cadit;
Nonarum tutela deo caret. omnibus istis
(ne fallare cave) proximus ater erit.
omen ab eventu est: illis nam Roma diebus
damna sub averso tristia Marte tulit.
haec mihi dicta semel, totis haerentia fastis,
ne seriem rerum scindere cogar, erunt.


The worship of Juno claims our Italy's Kalends,
While a larger white ewe-lamb falls to Jupiter on the Ides:
The Nones though lack a tutelary god. After all these days,
(Beware of any error!), the next day will be ill-omened.
The ill-omen derives from past events: since on those days
Rome suffered heavy losses in military defeat.
Let these words above be applied to the whole calendar,
So I'll not be forced to break my thread of narrative. -- Ovid, Fasti I


An online text and translation of the Fasti may be found (even downloaded!) at:
http://www.tonykline.co.uk/PITBR/Latin/Fastihome.htm

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Fasti: Saturday, 3 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri May 02, 2008 4:12 am

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Fasti for Saturday, 3 Mai:


ante diem V nonas Maias [C]


* Last day of Floralia: Circus games conclude with sacrifice to Flora.


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Fasti: Sunday, 4 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sat May 03, 2008 6:10 am

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Fasti for Sunday, 4 Mai:


ante diem IV nonas Maias [C]


"Even the thorn bush is pleasant, from which is seen the rose." (Publilius Syrus)


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Fasti: Monday, 5 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sun May 04, 2008 6:14 am

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Fasti for Monday, 5 Mai:


ante diem III nonas Maias
[C]


"We measure great men by their virtues, not by their luck." (Cornelius Nepos, Eumenes 1.1)


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Fasti: Tuesday, 6 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Mon May 05, 2008 6:11 am

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Fasti for Tuesday, 6 Mai:


Pridie Nonas Maias [C]


"Let us live by ancient morals, but let us speak with today’s words." (Macrobius 1.5.2)


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Fasti: Wednesday, 7 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Tue May 06, 2008 2:34 am

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Fasti for Wednesday, 7 Mai:


Nonae Maiae
[F], Religiosus
Notes: Nonarum tutela deo caret. (The Nones lacks a special god.) - Ovidius


From our SVR calendar:

* Lighting of lamps and offering of roses at the tombs of ancestors.
* Deification of Iulia Maesa, grandmother of Alexander Severus, ca. 180 CE.


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Fasti: Thursday, 8 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed May 07, 2008 6:09 am

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Fasti for Thursday, 8 Mai:


ante diem VIII Idus Maias
[F], Ater


Per the Roman Calendar on our site, the day is sacred to the goddess Mens, or Mind:
"Mens, grant us, Goddess, a sound mind and a good name." (Persius, Saturae 2.8)

(Somebody throw a pinch of incense on there for Mari, would ya?)
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Fasti: Friday, 9 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu May 08, 2008 4:33 am

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Fasti for Friday, 9 Mai:


ante diem VII Idus Maias
[N], Religiosus
LEMURIA
Notes: Feast of the Lemures, called the Lemuralia or Lemuria, is a feast during which Romans perform rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome and malevolent specters of the restless dead (lemures) are propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals prepare sacred mola salsa (salt cake) from the first ears of wheat of the season.


M Horatius Piscinus shares a basic how-to:

* Rise and wash before Midnight.
* Offer beans to the Manes, casting from your mouth over your left shoulder while saying, "Haec ego mitto, his redimo meque meosque fabis."
* Then wash again and bang gongs to drive out the Manes from the house by saying, "Manes, exite paterni."


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Fasti: Saturday, 10 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri May 09, 2008 3:50 am

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A day near and dear to my soldier's heart: the Fasti for Saturday, 10 Mai.


ante diem VI Idus Maias [C]


So what's so special? --Just ask noster Piscinus:

* Rosalia: Standards in every legion were gathered around the altar at the center of a military camp and crowned with wreaths of roses. Since similar rites were held at family tombs, this military rite may have been intended to honor fallen comrades.

Or Curator Iohannes:

* Birth of Claudius II, 214 CE.
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Fasti: Sunday, 11 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sat May 10, 2008 4:49 am

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Fasti for Sunday, 11 Mai:


ante diem V Idus Maias
[N], Religiosus
LEMURIA
s'more (to the 13th)

Per M Horatius' Roman calendar, available on our Web site, celebrants would "offer three piles of grain, milk, honey, salt and oil on pottery shards at crossroads to the Lemures, the spirits of the Dead who roam the earth."

Strangely enough, in the US it's Mother's Day!

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Fasti: Monday, 12 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sun May 11, 2008 8:59 am

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Fasti for Monday, 12 Mai:


ante diem IV Idus Maias [C]


* Dedication of the Temple of Mars Ultor, 2 BCE.


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Fasti: Tuesday, 13 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Mon May 12, 2008 4:54 am

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Fasti for Tuesday, 13 Mai:


ante diem III Idus Maias
[N], Religiosus

Last day of
LEMURIA

Offerings to the Lemures were again made this night.

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Two-for-one special: Fasti, 14 and 15 Mai 08

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed May 14, 2008 6:58 am

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I guess I've made my offerings to the lemures; I've spent the majority of the last 30 hours recovering my system. Only the third time I've had to do that in 25 years. (There, now, see? --it even happens to the pros.) I missed posting the Fasti yesterday. You've got them now; yesterday's and today's entries, a two-for-one special. >`({(:-)

Fasti for Wednesday, 14 Mai:


Pridie Idus Maias [C]


* Mars Invictus: Rite of the Argei when the Vestal Virgines, led by the Pontifex Maximus, submerge puppets in the Tiber as part of a sacrifice made to Dis Pater.


And for Thursday, 15 Mai:


Idibus Maiis
[NP], Religiosus
Feriae Iovi
Notes: "Every Ides is sacred to Iuppiter" (Idibus alba iovi grandior agna cadit). -Ovidius


* Feriae Jovi; Mercuralia: Aventine Temple of Mercurius dedicated, 495 BCE, with rites honoring His mother Maia. "Nothing more ample do I pray, O Maia’s son, save that You will make these my gifts last throughout my life." (Horace, Satires 2.6.4-5).
* Lighting of lamps and offering of roses at the tombs of ancestors.


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Fasti: Friday, 16 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu May 15, 2008 7:39 am

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Fasti for Friday, 16 Mai:


ante diem XVII Kalendas Iunias
[F], Ater


From the SVR calendar:


* Ascension of Elagabalus, 218 CE.

"Let us hope for what we want, but let us endure whatever comes our way." (Cicero, Pro Sestia 68.143)


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Fasti: Saturday, 17 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri May 16, 2008 8:17 am

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Fasti for Saturday, 17 Mai:


ante diem XVI Kalendas Iunias [C]


From our calendar:


* Banquet of the Fratres Arvales, held in even-numbered years.


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Fasti: Sunday, 18 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sat May 17, 2008 6:20 am

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Fasti for Sunday:


ante diem XV Kalendas Iunias [C]


"The sun shines on us all." (Petronius, Satyricon 100)


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Fasti: Monday, 19 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Sun May 18, 2008 8:24 am

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Fasti for Monday, 19 Mai:


ante diem XIV Kalendas Iunias [C]


From Piscinus' Religio calendar, available on the SVR site:

* Fratres Arvales sacrifice to Dea Dia, in even numbered years, at Her sacred grove at the fifth mile on the Via Campania.

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Fasti: Tuesday, 20 Mai 2008

Postby Aldus Marius on Mon May 19, 2008 5:06 am

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Fasti for Tuesday, 20 Mai:


ante diem XIII Kalendas Iunias [C]


From our SVR calendar:

* Races held by the Fratres Arvales in even-numbered years.

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