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p1134 Tithenidia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p1134 of

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

TITHENIDIA (τιθηνίδια), a festival celebrated at Sparta by the nurses who had the care of the male children of the citizens. On this occasion the nurses (τιτθαί) carried the little boys out of the city to the temple of Artemis surnamed Corythallia, which was situated on the bank of the stream Tiassus in the district of Cleta. Here the nurses sacrificed suckling pigs on behalf of the children, and then had a feast, probably of the meat of the victims, with which they ate bread baked in an oven (ἰπνίτας ἄρτους, Athen. IV p139; comp. Plut. Sympos. III.9, Quaest. Gr. VII p211, Wyttenb.; Hesych. s.v. κορυθαλλίστριαι).


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