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p76 Amarynthia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p76 of

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

AMARY′NTHIA, or AMARY′SIA (Ἀμαρύνθια, or Ἀμαρύσια) a festival of Artemis Amarynthia, or Amarysia, celebrated, as it seems, originally at Amarynthus in Euboea, with extraordinary splendour; but it was also solemnized in several places in Attica, such as Athmone (Paus. I.31 § 3); and the Athenians held a festival, as Pausanias says, in honour of the same goddess, in no way less brilliant than that in Euboea (Hesych. s.v. Ἀμαρύσια). The festival in Euboea was distinguished for its splendid processions; and Strabo himself (X p448) seems to have seen, in the temple of Artemis Amarynthia, a column on which was recorded the splendour with which the Eretrians at one time celebrated this festival. The inscription stated, that the procession was formed of three thousand heavy-armed men, six hundred horsemen, and sixty chariots (comp. Schol. ad Pind. Ol. XIII.159).


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