Tag Archives: Jupiter

Ode to Maia

Seven are the daughters of Pleione, whose stars bedazzle the winter sky—       most beautiful of all the seven       is Maia, daughter of Atlas. She it is who rejoices in May flowers’ bloom, the lengthening days, and the growing … Continue reading

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Rejoice! Rejoice greatly!

Perhaps one might be in a jubilant mood anyway from yesterday, having celebrated the dies natalis with the holy goddess Diana … and perhaps the Ides would in any case have brought out a certain jovial spirit … or else … Continue reading

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A problem and a solution

Every year on the Ides of May, business people in ancient Rome used to draw water from a well adjoining the Porta Capena, then sprinkle it on their wares and the tools of their respective trades. That well has, alas, … Continue reading

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A little wee contribution

I’ve added my first new page to DeoMercurio.be for 2016; the topic, modestly enough, is the nature of the gods. Please have a look (French version here, English version here) and feel free to leave comments in the comments section … Continue reading

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Moons and minor planets

Attentive visitors to this blog may already have spotted that I’ve added a new page giving a calendar of days sacred to deities (as opposed to heroes*). Most of these dates will be familiar to those conversant with the ancient … Continue reading

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And for those who don’t like Gaul … there’s Gaul! :-)

Well, the final program for Many Gods West is out, and it’s a humdinger! Permit me to point out once again the high profile that Gaulish and Gallo-Roman polytheism will have for this event, which just makes my heart sing. … Continue reading

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Ancamna in January

I concluded my 2014 posts musing about Victoria, and the year practically begins with a big victory-related day for the Roman provinces on January 3. According to the Feriale Duranum, authorities (in the Roman army) were meant to arrange sacrifices … Continue reading

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Germania Inferior

A few days back, I went live with my page on Germania Inferior—which is to say, Lower Germany (not ‘inferior’ in the usual English sense). This is worth mentioning on several scores: (1) it’s the first ‘geographical’ page on http://www.deomercurio.beContinue reading

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Time for a Dolichenum?

Exciting fact! I discovered just lately that if you run a search on DuckDuckGo for the term “Dolichenus”, my web page on Jupiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus comes up fifth in your list of results. (When I ran a Google search, … 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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