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The Latin word for ‘holiday’; grammatically plural, it is often used as if in the singular (cf. Kalendae, Nonae, Idus, nundinae). Its ancient form (Paul Fest. 76 L., 323 L.1) is fesiae (cf. the etymologically related festus). Dies feriatus is frequently used as a synonym. Offerings and prescribed rituals could form a regular part of certain holidays. Generally, the main characteristic of feriae was the cessation of all profane activities.

Corresponding to the sacra (Fest., 284 L.), feriae fell into two broad categories: feriae privatae and feriae publicae. Feriae …

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Harmon, Daniel P. (Seattle), “Feriae”, 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 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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