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The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (1)

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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 John Chrysostom probably refers to the spring festival of Aramaic origin, Maiuma.

John Chrysostom, In Matthaeum Homiliae 7:
For tell me, if anyone offered to introduce you into a palace, and show you the king sitting (there), would you indeed choose to see the theatre instead of these things? … And you leave this and run to the theatre to see women swimming, and nature put to open dishonour, leaving Christ sitting by the well? … But you, leaving the fountain of blood, the awful cup, go your way to the fountain of the devil, to see a harlot swim, and to endure shipwreck of the soul. For that water is a sea of lasciviousness, not drowning bodies, but working shipwreck of souls. And while she swims naked, you, as you behold, are plunged into the depths of lasciviousness. … For in the first place, through a whole night the devil takes over their souls with the expectation of it; then having shown them the expected object, he has at once bound them and made them captives … If now you are ashamed, and blush at the comparison, rise up to your nobility and flee the sea of hell and the river of fire, (I mean) the pool in the theatre … And you, when there is a question of precedence, claim to have priority over the whole world, since our city first crowned itself with the name of Christian; but in the competition of chastity, are you not ashamed to be behind the ruder cities?

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John Chrysostom, In Matthaeum Homiliae 7


Greatrex and Watt 1999, 14-15Greatrex, 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 (2)
Cf. The Maiuma spring festival at Antioch (2)

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