Ἑβδόμη Φθίνοντος/ Ἑβδόμη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIV day From today’s sunset: twenty-fourth day of Metageitnion. Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Ares in His sacred day.
(Detail of the ‘Ludovisi Ares’. Palazzo Altemps, Roma)
Ὀγδόη Φθίνοντος/ Ὀγδόη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIII day From today’s sunset: twenty-third day of Metageitnion. Since for today there are no other religious prescriptions, apart from the daily ones, we honor Selene in Her sacred day.
(Mosaic of Selene and Endymion - from the iberian city of Castulo)
About the immortality of the soul and her journeys, and not only… “They were certain priests and priestesses who have studied so as to be able to give a reasoned account of their ministry; and Pindar also and many another poet of heavenly gifts. As to their words, they are these: mark now, if you judge them to be true. They say that the soul of man is immortal, and at one time comes to an end, which is called dying, and at another is born again, but never perishes. Consequently one ought to live all one’s life in the utmost holiness.“For from whomsoever Persephone shall accept requital for ancient wrong, the souls of these She restores in the ninth year to the upper Sun again; from them arise” “glorious kings and men of splendid might and surpassing wisdom, and for all remaining time are they called holy heroes amongst mankind.” (Pind. Fr. 133 Bergk). Seeing then that the soul is immortal and has been born many times, and has beheld all things both in this world and in the nether realms, she has acquired knowledge of all and everything; so that it is no wonder that she should be able to recollect all that she knew before about virtue and other things.” Plat. Meno 81b
[Pinax of Persephone and Hades on the throne. Found in the holy shrine of Persephone at Locri- now in the Museo Nazionale Archeologico at Reggio Calabria]