What is the Feast of Divine Twelve?

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What is the Feast of Divine Twelve?

Postby AMM on Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:10 pm

The Feast of the Divine Twelve.......Does anybody know of this? Heard of it? Know what it is? Can't seem to find any reference to it anywhere? Please help!
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Postby Horatius Piscinus on Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:09 am

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Are you perhaps referring to the Di consentes?
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Postby Primus Aurelius Timavus on Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:52 pm

Piscinus is right, as usual. I've seen literary references to "the feast of the twelve gods" which includes the usual "Olympian" twelve, viz. Jupiter, Juno, Neptune, Vulcan, Apollo, Diana, Ceres, Venus, Mars, Vesta, Mercury and Minerva.

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Postby Horatius Piscinus on Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:56 pm

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If that is the case, then the feast to which you refer was the lectisternium held for the Di Consentes during the Second Punic War. That was a one time celebration.
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Postby Horatius Piscinus on Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:07 pm

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Here's your reference Livy AUC 22.10. The twelve were paired on couches as follows: Juno and Juppiter, Apollo and Diana, Ceres and Neptune, Mars and Venus, Vesta and Volconus. Apparently images of the Gods were carried from Their temples through the streets in a grand procession, then brought to a single place for the feast. At other times such lectisternia might be held for various deities at different times throughout the year. The festival of Saturnalia for example began as a lectisternium in December that was part of a series of special celebrations begun earlier in that particular year, iirc 213 BCE.
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Postby Gnaeus Dionysius Draco on Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:50 pm

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Then the aediles should move this topic to the right collegium, nonne?

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Postby Horatius Piscinus on Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:55 pm

Salve Gnae Draco

Sic hoc teneo. The topic would be better placed in the Collegium Religionum where we might continue on the subject of feasting with the Gods, or discuss the Di Consentes further.

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