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« Topic Start: March 15, 2011, 12:03:45 pm »

I was wondering when New Years started in the Ancient Greek culture. I was reading Hesiod's Works and Days and on line 563 it says,

 "Observe all this until the year is ended and you have nights and days of equal length, and Earth, the mother of all, bears again her various fruit."

To me this sounds like the new year began at the Spring Equinox. I know that the new year date really depended on the location as with many of the holidays in the ancient world. I also know that the Persians did and still do celebrate their New Year on the Spring Equinox. I know that the Athenian calendar has been most studied, but I am not sure where to look for this sort of information.

So my question is, when was New Year? How was the Spring Equinox celebrated or looked upon? Was it considered an important event?

Thank you for your time.
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