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Initium Aestatis

(27 June)

Initium Aestatis was a Roman festival of early summer, which was celebrated on June 27. It was a holy celebration in honour of Aestas, the protective goddess of summer, whose occurrence is not certain in Roman mythology.

It is possible that the deity is a figment of Ovid’s. The poet describes the goddess as a figure standing next to the throne of the sun god – Phoebus, along with other deities of the day, other seasons, year, etc. She was depicted as a naked woman with a wreath of ears of corn.

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