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The Roman festival of Meditrinalia was celebrated on 11 October (InscrIt 13,2, p. 519) with the tasting and libation of the fresh must. To that end, it was mixed with the boiled down must of the previous year; this was seen as a way of preserving it (Columella 12; Pall. Agric. 11, 14 and 17-19; [1. 916-919]). The name Meditrinalia was derived from the Latin mederi, ‘to heal’. In the same way as the mixing of the wine was to preserve its qualities, the tasting and libation of a mixture of new wine with that of the previous year was seen as a pre…

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Mastrocinque, Attilio (Verona), “Meditrinalia”, 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 22 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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