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The Vinalia were two ancient Roman wine festivals that were dedicated to Jupiter . At the Vinalia Priora ("first wine festival"), which was celebrated on April 23, a libation of the new wine was offered . The second festival, the Vinalia Rustica ("rural wine festival") or Vinalia altera ("second wine festival") ; only with Pliny ), took place on August 19th. Varro claims that the festival is dedicated to Venus , but only deduces this from the fact that the foundation festival of the oldest Roman temple of Venus also fell on August 19th. August 19th was the consecration day ( Natalis templi ) of the Temple of Venus at the Circus Maximus and the sanctuary in luco Libitinae .

The third Roman wine festival, the Meditrinalia , was probably also dedicated to Jupiter.


Individual evidence

  1. Pliny the Elder Naturalis historia 18.287. Ovid Fasti 4,863 f. Plutarch Roman Questions 45
  2. Pliny Naturalis historia 18,284
  3. Varro Res rusticae 1,1,6.