Brill’s New Pauly

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A shepherds' festival dedicated to the goddess Pales (hence the alternative name Palilia: Varro, Ling. 6,15; Fest. 248 L.), celebrated on 21 April both in the countryside and in the city of Rome (InscrIt 13,2 p. 443-445; main source: Ov. Fast. 4,721-862).

Ovid (Fast. 4,725ff.) describes some characteristic elements of the Parilia, closely connecting the urban and the rural ceremonial traditions: The Romans fetched incense (suffimen) from the Vestals, specifically the ashes of calves burned at the Fordicidia, bean stalks and blood from the Equus October. Participan…

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Baudy, Gerhard (Constance), “Parilia”, 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 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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