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The Maiuma spring festival (2)

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12 Assyrian Identity

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

4th century CE
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine philosophers and scholars

The passage of Libanius probably refers to the spring festival of Aramaic origin, Maiuma.

Libanius, Orationes 41.16:
There the theatre led to many deeds contrary to the laws, and some were seized from there and held fast by a few words spoken by a few men. For the love of shouting compels (one) to be a servant in every respect and among other things to run to Daphne and to hold the festival which brings ten thousand evils to the city. For even young men (endowed) with prudence who go up there return having cast it aside. Having witnessed these things, it seems to me, a good emperor suppressed the practice, but it grew up again; and it takes place with some giving the orders, and you leading the way in helping in this felicitous (enterprise). For five days or more the procession (going up) there is seen to continue, with a lack of shame, some of which reflects on the participants, and some on you. And yet if someone were to ask you know as you come back from that varied drunkenness, to what are you devoting so much time?

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Libanius, Orationes 41.16


Greatrex and Watt 1999, 14Greatrex, 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 (1)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (1)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (2)

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