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Wednesday
Mar202013

ROME’S SPRING FESTIVALS: CYBELE AND ATTIS

The great Spring Festival of Cybele and Attis is best known to us in the form in which it was celebrated at [ancient] Rome; but as we are informed that the Roman ceremonies were also Phrygian, we may assume that they differed hardly, if at all, from their Asiatic original. The order of the festival seems to have been as follows.  On the twenty-second day of March, a pine-tree was cut in the woods and brought into the sanctuary of Cybele, where it was treated as a (more)

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