FASTI V: MAY


1-110 INTRODUCTION
Origins of MAY (MAIUS) Sung by the Muses
Polyhymnia: MAIESTAS ("majesty")
Urania: MAIORES ("the elders")
Calliope: MAIA


111-158 Kalends of May (May 1)
Amalthea (Aries?) Constellation
Lares Praestites ("stand-by")
Bona Dea ("Good Goddess")

159-378 Six days before the Nones of May (May 2)
Constellation Hyades
Festival of Flora (=Chloris)
Parthenogenetic birth of Mars
Origin and customs of Flora's shows

379-414 Five days before the Nones of May (May 3)
Centaur constellation: Death of Chiron

415-416 Three days before the Nones of May (May 5)
Approach of the Lyre constellation

417-418 Day before the Nones of May (May 6)
Scorpio appears

419-492 Seven days before the Idea of May (May 9)
Lemuria: Ghost Festival
Mercury explains origin of name: Remuria

493-544 Six-five days before the Ides of May (May 10-11)
Origin of Orion Constellation
Parthenogensis again.


545-598 Four days before the Ides of May (May 12)
Games of Mars
Mars surveys his temple

599-602 Three days before the Ides of May (May 13)
Constellation Pleiades

603-662 Day before the Ides of May (May 14)
Rise of Taurus (Rape of Europa)
Rush Puppets (scapegoat sacrifice)

663-692 Ides of May (May 15)
Mercury's Birthday

693-720 Thirteen days before the Kalends of June (May 20)|
Origin of Gemini

721-722 Twelve days before the Kalends of June (May 21)
Feast of Agonalia

723-724 Eleven days before the Kalends of June (May 22)
Origin of Sirius (the "dog-star")

725-726 Ten days before the Kalends of June (May 23)
Vulcan's Day: Tubilustrium (Trumpet Purification)

727-728 Nine days before the Kalends of June (May 24)
QRCF: Quando Rex Comitiavit Fas
"When it is right for the king [to do something] with the comitia"
"When the king will have fled the comitia"

729-732 Eight days before the Kalends of June (May 25)
Anniversary of Consecration of Temple of Fortune


733-734 Seven-six days before the Kalends of June (May 26-27)
Fall of Bootes and rise of Hyas

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