June 13th: Quinquatria

 

Pompeiian Mosaic
Pompeiian Mosaic

 

On the thirteenth of June, in ancient Rome there was the celebration of the festival Quinquatrus Minusculae or Minores to honour the goddess Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and the arts.
It was held on the Ides of June, while another  Quinquatria was a festival celebrated on the 19th of March, so called because it was the fifth day after the Ides.
During the Quinquatrus Minores, musicians playing the flutes (“tibicines“)marched around the city to the temple of Minerva, dressed in peculiar long feminine garments and surrounded by a carnival atmosphere.

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