Ἑνάτη Ἱσταμένου, IX day
From today’s sunset: ninth day of Elaphebolion.
The ninth day is always sacred to the Muses, to Rhea and to Helios.
Ta Megala Dionysia- Dionysia en astei- Eisagôgê, evening procession from the Temple of Dionysus Eleuthereos to the Academy; sacrifice and hymns to the “God of the eschara”;
Eisagôgê apo tês Eskharas, night procession, return to the Temple of Dionysus under the Acropolis (most probable reconstruction of the rituals prescribed for this sacred day).
“Outside the city, too, in the parishes and on the roads, the Athenians have sanctuaries of the Gods, and graves of Heroes and of men. The nearest is the Academy, once the property of a private individual, but in my time a gymnasium…there is a small temple, into which every year on fixed days they carry the image of Dionysus Eleuthereus.” (Paus. I 29.2)
“The eighth and the ninth of the month that begins: these are the best days to accomplish the man’s works: (Hesiod) praise the eighth and ninth plausibly as they carry perfection (syntelestikai) and therefore he has dedicated them to the human activities…one (the eight), by having a perfect dimension, the other (the nine), by deriving from a perfect number (the three), bring to accomplishment the works undertaken in them.”
Schol. Erga, 772-773
“The ninth of the first part of the month, for all men, is completely devoid of evils: it is good both for planting and for generating, both for a man and for a woman, and it is never a day completely bad.”
“From discoursing about king Apollo, Plato proceeds to the Muses, and the name of music; for Apollo is celebrated as Musagetes, or the leader of the Muses. And He indeed is a monad with respect to the harmony in the world; but the choir of the Muses is the monad of all the number of the ennead (i.e. nine): From both likewise the whole world is bound in indissoluble bonds, and is one and all-perfect, through the communications of these divinities; possessing the former through the Apolloniacal monad, but its all-perfect subsistence through the number of the Muses. For the number nine which is generated from the first perfect number (that is 3) is, through similitude and sameness, accommodated to the multiform causes of the mundane order and harmony; all these causes at the same time being collected into one summit for the purpose of producing one consummate perfection.”
(Proclus on the Cratylus of Plato Concerning the Muses)
(Votive relief with a flute player and his family in front of Dionysos and a Goddess. From Attica, ca. 360–350 BC. now in Glyptothek, Munich…)