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The Nones of January
The rex sacrorum would appear on
the steps of the Capitol on this day and announce to the people what days of
the months would be holidays. The Nones mark the ninth day before the Ides.
In the later Roman empire January 3-5
were the normal days for holidng the Compitalia. This was an ancient
festival kept by slaves who on behalf of the household sacrificed a
honey-cake to the crossroad gods or Lares Compitales; a woolen effigy was
hung up for every free person in the household, and a ball of wool for
It was on this day that the water of a
spring by the temple of Dionysos on the Greek island of Andros was
supposed to taste like wine. It continued to do so for one week.
If the water was taken out of sight of the temple, then it would loose its
In Greece, this day was the Festival of
This day marked the birthday of the
shrine of Vica Pota at Rome.