September for Jove (and his deputies)

On the Ides of September (which are the 13th this month), I shared a lovely little meal with Jupiter in commemoration of the greater Epulum Jovis. This month also contains the birthday of the divine Augustus on the 23rd—which we know was commemorated in Nîmes with considerable fanfare—as well as those of the divine Trajan (18th), the divine Antoninus Pius (19th), and the divine Faustina the Elder (21st). (On the Ides of November will come the lesser Epulum Jovis.)

Lately, I’ve really been working to hammer out a better calendar for commemorating the lives of heroes. I think I was spurred on by realizing that Nelson Mandela’s birthday had been the day earlier, and I’d missed it (so this was July of course). To a great degree, this has prompted some investigation as to who is and who is not a hero, in my estimation. I feel that every household may recognize or withhold these honours privately to whom it will (even though, alas, this means there will be Jefferson Davis households as surely as there will be Frederick Douglass households), and my choices are correspondingly idiosyncratic. (I’m sure Rosa Luxemburg would not make everybody’s shortlist!)

So why has this process taken two months already? Well, you see, I’ve been greatly diverted in reading biographies of Penda and Sertorius and François Ier and so on, trying to decide who should make the cut. For a history buff, this has to be one of the most enjoyable ancillary religious responsibilities I can assign myself. (May I just mention how fitting I find it that, while honouring Julius Cæsar as a díuus, I am also at liberty to bestow hero’s honours on Vercingetorix?) I may publish my religious calendar before too long—although, as I say, not everybody will necessarily want to follow me in venerating the memory of, for example, Queen Lili‘uokalani as well as Diomedes Tydides. But (quoth Kant, confident in his categorical imperative) they should. 😉

About DeoMercurio

I’m a Gaulish polytheist, now back living in lands ceded by the Council of Three Fires after several years’ sojourn in Anatolia and in the land of the Senecas, with frequent travels to Gaul along the way. My grandfather’s family came from the area around Trier, and I identify closely with the Treveri in my religious practice.
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