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Title: 'Woe for Adonis' - But in Spring, Not Summer
Contributor(s): Dillon, Matthew Paul (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: The dates of many Athenian festivals are known; many others for which the exact date is unknown have at least an approximate date in modern reconstructions of the Athenian religious calendar. Other festival dates are often the subject of speculation and debate, and it is into this last category that the women's festival of the Adonia at Athens falls. For while Aristophanes in the 'Lysistrata' clearly places the Athenian celebration of Adonia in early spring, Plutarch has it in early summer. Many historians follow the latter rather than the former, placing the Adonia in the summer, but by considering the scant evidence for a specific date and the artistic evidence for the Adonia, it is nevertheless possible to conclude that Aristophanes' spring date for the Adonia is - without question - the correct one.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Hermes: Zeitschrift für klassische Philologie, 131(1), p. 1-16
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
Place of Publication: Stuttgart
ISSN: 0018-0777
Field of Research (FOR): 200510 Latin and Classical Greek Literature
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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