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The Maiuma spring festival (1)

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06 Visual arts and architecture

12 Assyrian Identity

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

5th century CE
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine philosophers and scholars

Two laws addressed to the serving praetorian prefect of the East.

Codex Theodosianus 15.6.1-2:
1. It has pleased Our Clemency to restore to the provincials the enjoyment of the Maiuma, provided, however, that decency and modesty and chaste manners shall be preserved (25 April 396).
2. We permit the theatrical arts to be practised, lest, by excessive restriction thereof, sadness may be produced. But we forbid that foul and indecent spectacle which under the name Maiuma a shameless license claims for its own (2 October 399).

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Codex Theodosianus 15.6.1-2


Greatrex and Watt 1999, 9-10Greatrex, 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. Antiochene spring festival during Commodus’ reign 180-192 CE (1)
Cf. John the Lydian on the Maiuma festival (1)
Cf. Maiuma festival in Antioch (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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