Traditions of Italy
Traditions of Italy are some set of traditions, beliefs, values, and customs that belongs within the culture of Italian people. These can include Christmas, Ognissanti, etc.
Folklore of Italy
Folklore of Italy refers to the folklore and urban legends of Italy.
Strega Nona
Strega Nona is an original children's book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. It concerns Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch") and her helper. The helper causes the title character's magic pasta pot t...
Interpretatio graeca
Interpretatio graeca (Latin, "Greek translation" or "interpretation by means of Greek [models]") is a discourse in which ancient Greek religious concepts and practices, deities, and myths are used to ...
Horatii
According to Livy, the Horatii were male triplets from Rome. During a war between Rome and Alba Longa during the reign of Tullus Hostilius (approx. 672-642 B.C.), it was agreed that settlement of the ...
Romulus and Remus
Romulus /ˈrɒmjʉləs/ and Remus /ˈriːməs/ were the twin brothers and main characters of Rome's foundation myth. Their mother was Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa. Before their concep...
Terminus (god)
In Roman religion, Terminus was the god who protected boundary markers; his name was the Latin word for such a marker. Sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone, and landowners celebra...
Mater Matuta
Mater Matuta was an indigenous Latin goddess, whom the Romans eventually made equivalent to the dawn goddess Aurora, and the Greek goddess Eos. Her cult is attested several places in Latium, her most ...
Fairy witch trials of Sicily
In the historical folklore of Sicily, Donas de fuera (Spanish for "Ladies from the Outside"; Sicily was under Spanish rule at the time) were supernatural female beings comparable to the fairies of En...
Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Norcia (Italian: San Benedetto da Norcia) (c. 480 – 543 or 547) is a Christian saint, honoured by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church as the patron saint of Europe and students...
Agnes of Rome
Agnes of Rome (c. 291 – c. 304) is a virgin–martyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism. She is one of seven women, who ...
Roma (mythology)
In ancient Roman religion, Roma was a female deity who personified the city of Rome and more broadly, the Roman state. Her image appears on the base of the column of Antoninus Pius.
A helmeted fig...
Lucius Siccius Dentatus
Lucius Siccius Dentatus (514 BC?-450 BC?) was a Roman soldier, primuspilus (first spear) and tribune, living in the 5th century BC. The cognomen Dentatus means "born with teeth".Dentatus was a tribune...
Sergestus
In Greco-Roman mythology, Sergestus was a Trojan friend of Aeneas. He was the ancestor of gens Sergia, a famous Patrician family of which Catilina was a member.In Virgil's Aeneid, during a funerary s...
Kydonia
Cydonia or Kydonia (Ancient Greek: Κῠδωνία) was an ancient city-state on the northwest coast of the island of Crete. It is at the site of the modern-day Greek city of Chania. In legend Cydonia ...
Feralia
Ferālia /fɨˈreɪliə/ was an ancient Roman public festival celebrating the Manes (Roman spirits of the dead, particularly the souls of deceased individuals) which fell on 21 February as recorded by O...
Telegonus
Telegonus /təˈlɛɡənəs/ (Greek: Τηλέγονος, "born afar") is the name of three different characters in Greek mythology.
Telegonus was the youngest son of Circe and Odysseus.When Telegonus grew up, Ci...
Decennalia
Decennalia (or decennia, from Latin decennium - "tenth anniversary"; decem, "ten" + annus, "year") were Ancient Roman festivals celebrated with games every ten years by the Roman emperors. This festiv...
Poplifugia
The poplifugia or populifugia (Latin: the day of the people's flight), was a festival of ancient Rome celebrated on July 5, according to Varro, in commemoration of the flight of the Romans, when the i...
Messapus
Messapus, a character in Virgil's Aeneid, appears in Books VII and IX of the Latin epic poem. He was a famous tamer of horses and king of Etruria, known for being one "whom no one can fell by fire or ...
Lupercalia
Lupercalia was a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia subsumed F...
Blemmyes (legendary creatures)
Various species of mythical headless men were rumored, in antiquity and later, to inhabit remote parts of the world. They are variously known as akephaloi (Greek ἀκέφαλοι, headless ones) or Blemmyes (...
Festival of the Salii
In ancient Roman religion, the Salii (/ˈsæliˌaɪ/) were the "leaping priests" (from the verb salio, to leap/jump) of Mars supposed to have been introduced by King Numa Pompilius. They were twelve patri...
Vitumnus
In ancient Roman religion, birth and childhood deities were thought to care for every aspect of conception, pregnancy, parturition, and infant development. Some major deities of Roman religion had a ...
The Three Enchanted Princes
The Three Enchanted Princes is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.
The king of Green Bank had three beautiful daughters. The king of F...
Ilioneus
In Greek mythology, the name Ilioneus may refer to:
John the Apostle
John the Apostle (Aramaic: ܝܘܚܢܢ ܫܠܝܚܐ‎ Yohanan Shliha; Hebrew: יוחנן בן זבדי‎ Yohanan Ben Zavdai c. AD 6 – c. 100) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according...
Caladrius
Caladrius, according to the Roman mythology, is a snow-white bird that lives in kings' houses. Supposedly, the bird refuses to look at any patient who is not going to make a full recovery. Caladrius e...
Saint Blaise
Saint Blaise (Armenian: Սուրբ Վլասի, Soorp Vlasi; Greek: Άγιος Βλάσιος, Agios Vlasios), also known as Saint Blase, was a physician, and bishop of Sebastea in historical Armenia (modern Sivas, Turk...
Tiberinus Silvius
Tiberinus (said to have reigned 922-914 BC) was the ninth king of Alba Longa, according to the traditional history of Rome handed down by Titus Livius. He was the successor (and probably son) of Cape...
Mettius Fufetius
Mettius Fufetius was a dictator of Alba Longa, an ancient town in central Italy near Rome. He was appointed after the death of king Gaius Cluilius and was defeated by Rome.Mettius Fufetius subsequentl...