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Spring 2014

   

    Byzantium Novum has established it's first official Classical Priestesses and Priests, and official rituals to the ancient Deities have been begun!  We now have Priesthoods of Jupiter/Zeus, Vesta/Hestia, the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and of the Dii Imperii. 

     Historically accurate rituals have been written for all of the above deities, and we now have a template for historical ritual that may be adapted to any of the Classical Goddesses and Gods.

     Official rituals and offerings were done on behalf of Byzantium Novum were done for Jupiter on Oct 17, to the Dii Imperii on September 13 and October 22, and rituals were done for Hestia on Ocober 5th and 28th. These are the first recorded Pagan rituals done by the Byzantine state since the time of the Emperor Julian in 363 AD!

     Updates to the Byzantine Pagan website have been ongoing, and it is wonderful to see things progressing.

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

May 11th is promoted by Byzantium Novum as "International Byzantine Day!" This is the date on which Constantinople was consecrated by official ceremony by the Emperor Constantine. The consecration was done by both Pagan and Christian clergy, setting an example of tolerance and equality, and ensuring that the energies of ALL deity would be a part of Byzantium forever. On that day, sacred religious items from all paths, including Pagan treasures such as the Palladium, and important Christian relics were stored together at the base of the Pillar of Constantine to make the entire city holy. This is a day in which Classical rites are completely historical in a Byzantine context.

MithraCon, the annual New England Convention of Mithraic Studies 2014 is being held from
Friday, April 11th to Sunday, April 13th, 2014  at Yale University in New Haven, CT.  This inexpensive ancient history convention is open to all!

This informal conference includes presentations on Mithraism and other ancient subjects, and a day for personal research in the stacks at Yale University Library. We will also be visiting the newly reopened Dura Europos Mithraeum exhibit at the Yale University Museum!

MithraCon is an excellent opportunity to get information that is unavailable elsewhere!  

The Byzantine Pagan website continues to be updated - please check back often for new content!

 

 

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