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The Thessalian Calendars

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On November 24, 1793, the National Convention of the new French Republic put into effect a calendar that attempted to restructure profoundly the popular experience of time. The Hellenistic and Roman vogue for honorary month names is related to the issue of month festivals and in general provides additional support for Nilsson's hypothesis. The Athenians were able to meet Demetrius' extraordinary demand and maintain their nomos only by twice changing the name of the current month. This chapter considers the history of the calendar traditions of those territories that would come to be administered by the later Hellenistic Thessalian League, with special focus on the second and first centuries. The month Homoloios indicates the celebration of Homoloia, unattested in Thessaly. The impression given by other cities in Phthiotic Achaia, though fragmentary, fits the pattern of Phthiotic Thebes.

Keywords: Athenians; Homoloios; Thessalian calendar



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