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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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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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Happy birthday, Sol Inuicte!

As all the world knows, today is the natalis Inuicti or ‘birthday of the Unvanquished’. Inuictus is an epithet bestowed on many deities—certainly Mithras and Hercules, but also (inuicta) Isis and others besides—but it is most often associated with Sol. … Continue reading

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