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Antiochene spring festival during Commodus’ reign 180-192 CE (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

6th century CE
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine philosophers and scholars

Malalas, Chronicle 284-285:
During his reign the landowners and citizens of Antioch sent a message and petitioned the emperor Commodus that by his sacred command he make over to the public treasury the revenues … in order that a varied programme of spectacles and different contests might be celebrated in the city, and that the city’s officials should not appropriate the funds but that the public treasury itself might make provision to celebrate the Olympic festival and certain other spectacles in the city of the Antiochenes for the enjoyment of the city … Likewise for celebrating the nocturnal dramatic festival, held every three years and known as Orgies, that is, the Mysteries of Dionysus and Aphrodite, that is, what is known as the Maioumas because it is celebrated in the month of May-Artemisios, he set aside a specific quantity of gold for torches, lights, and other expenses for the thirty-days festival of all-night revels.

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Malalas, Chronicle 284-285


Greatrex and Watt 1999, 8Greatrex, Geoffrey and John W. Watt. “One, Two or Three Feasts? The Brytae, the Maiuma and the May Festival at Edessa.” Oriens Christianus 83 (1999) 1-20.

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Cf. John the Lydian on the Maiuma festival (1)
Cf. Maiuma festival in Antioch (1)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival (1)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival (2)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (1)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (2)

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