Feriae - Ancient Roman Festivals
| Dionysiac festivals held in honor of the god Bacchus
, Bacchanalia were so notorious in ancient Rome that the Roman Senate suppressed the celebration of these rites in 186 B.C.
this Roman festival was a type of All Souls Day when the departed were honored
the Floralia was a festival devoted to Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and plants
this festival was a celebration for the Roman god Liber (who, incidentally, was identified with the Greek god Dionysos
the name Lemuria indicates the time during which the lemures
, or "hungry ghosts", wandered the earth
fertility and purification were the goals of the somewhat strange Roman festival known as the Lupercalia
this All Souls festival was used to honor the dead, and it culminated in the public celebration of the Feralia (see above)
this merry Roman festival dedicated to the Roman god Saturn
involved feasts and gift giving - sound familiar?
Much more information about these and other feriae, or Roman festivals, can be found in the following book
Oxford Classical Dictionary
| edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth
Who's Who in Classical Mythology
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