Friday, July 02, 2010

a la pointe blanche

ancient pages of the revue--

About my blog new avatar. Il Cammeo Gonzaga is a Hellenistic engraved gem, a cameo cut out from the three layers of an Indian sardonyx, dating from perhaps the 3rd Century BC. The cameo shows the profiles of a man and a woman which conceivably possess family likeness. This capita jugata type of portrait is known from the coins issued by Ptolemy II Philadelphus in Hellenistic Egypt. Such portraits show Ptolemy with his sister and wife, Arsinoe II.

holy days for July:

High Holy Days

July 1 Disciplina. Disciplina was a goddess--in the category of "deified abstraction" (like Libertas or Spes, etc.)--who was worshipped most often by officers and legionaries in the Roman Army. The cult of Disciplina emerged during the principate of Hadrian, which is the main reason it is of concern to us (we take many of Hadrian's religious innovations- -both his personal ones as well as those of wider Greek, Roman, and Egyptian cultures at the time--very seriously, not just the cultus of Antinous). Hadrian was a great military mind, and whenever he visited the various provinces (and he was the only Emperor to visit them all while he was a sitting Emperor), he would always do a military review, and give very in-depth critiques and suggestions to the armies by their individual units. Several of these survive from Africa, where they were inscribed on a monument in the parade grounds in at least one location.

July 16 Antinous Silvanus

Low Holy Days

July 4 Birthday of Matidia, mother of Sabina

July 9 First entry of Hadrian as Emperor into the city of Rome in 118

July 10 Death of Hadrian in 138

July 20 Birthday of Alexander the Great in 356 BCE. I assume that this is a calculated date, translated from the Macedonian dating system into the Latin.

July 25 Sirius Rising, Hermes, Anubis, Hermanubis, Antinous the Hunter, Master of Animals, and Antinous Kynegetigos


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