Every year on September 13 the Romans held a festival in honour of Minerva, goddess of wisdom, trade guilds and craft
On this day - September 13 - many Romans must have gone to bed tired. There was a festival for the goddess Minerva, another festival for Juno, and a feast honouring Jupiter, king of the gods. And, if that wasn’t enough, today was the first day of the Ludi Romani (Romans Games).
On this day - September 23 - Romans celebrated a festival honouring Apollo (deus solis et musicae). FUN FACT : Did you know that Apollo was one of only three gods to whom it was permitted to sacrifice a bull? The other two were Mars and Neptune. (Adkins and Adkins, 1996, p. 13)
On this day - September 26 - Romans held a festival honouring Venus Genetrix. Venus was the mother of the Trojan Aeneas, who escaped Troy to find a new home in Italia. Aeneas’ bloodline ultimately led to Romulus and Remus, making Venus the genetrix (mother-creator) of all Rome.