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p74 Aloa

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p74 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

ALOA or HALOA (Ἀλῶα, Ἁλῶα), an Attic festival, but celebrated principally at Eleusis, in honour of Demeter and Dionysus, the inventors of the plough and protectors of the fruits of the earth. It took place every year after the harvest was over, and only fruits were offered on this occasion, partly as a grateful acknowledgment for the benefits the husbandman had received, and partly that the next harvest might be plentiful. We learn from Demosthenes (c. Neaer. p1385), that it was unlawful to offer any bloody sacrifice on the day of this festival, and that the priests alone had the privilege to offer the fruits. The festival was also called θαλύσια (Hesych. s.v.), or συγκομιστήρια.a


Thayer's Note:

a See also the article Thalysia.


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