Tag Archives: Faustina Major

Taurobolium lugudunense

Today, the 9th of December, commemorates an interesting foray into Phrygian religion on Gaulish soil. On this day in the year 160 CE, under the ægis of the divine Antoninus Pius, a public taurobolium was celebrated for the first time … Continue reading

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Meeting Faustina in Massachusetts

I recently met a friend for a wee road trip in Quebec’s Eastern Townships and in Vermont. I was pleased, along the way, to honour some genii and gods of land and water that I had never encountered before (the … Continue reading

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A Faustinian item, and a day to honour Mars Loucetius and Victoria Nemetona

One of Diva Faustina Augusta’s most important cultic aspects is that of ‘New Ceres’ (Noua Ceres in Latin, Νέα Δημήτηρ in Greek). Faustina the Elder was certainly not the only imperial lady likened to Ceres, but Cererean imagery is unusually … Continue reading

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Faustinian updates

…or, why everything in Wikipedia needs to be rigorously fact-checked! Readers may recall a post I made not too long ago on the subject of the divine Faustina Major, who during her all-too-brief life was Augusta, wife of the divine … Continue reading

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Diuae Augustae Faustinae

September 21 was the birthday of Faustina the Elder. I’ve had this on my calendar of dates of interest for a long while, as it’s part of my practice to honour (or at least acknowledge) the diui and diuae that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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