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(τὰ βρουμάλια; tà broumália). Roman and Byzantine festival, first attested in Tert. De idololatria 10,3; 14,6. The feast was on the occasion of the impending winter solstice (bruma); it was at first celebrated on 24.11., and was associated with games and presents. Later it was extended to the whole period before the solstice, and in Byzantium took on elements of the Roman  Saturnalia as well as the celebration of the wine press in honour of  Dionysus. Justinian [1] I held brumalia, at which  Choricius gave a celebratory oration (Or. 13). In Egypt they are attest…

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Sehlmeyer, Markus (Jena), “Brumalia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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