Friday, December 19, 2008

Festival of Juventas, ancient Rome

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
Juventas, or Iuventas, is the Goddess of Youth, Roman mythology’s version of the goddess Hebe of Greek mythology. A celebration was held for all the youth who had come of age (14 years old) in the preceding year. Boys offered a coin to her when they wore a man's toga for the first time. The temple of Juventas on the Capitol was more ancient than that of Jupiter. She also had a second temple in the Circus Maximus.

Hebe is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Legend has it that she was born not of sexual union, but otherwise: when Hera, having been invited to dinner by Apollo, ate from the head of a wild lettuce, she fell pregnant ...

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