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« Reply #1: March 15, 2011, 06:18:40 pm »

I know that the Athenian calendar has been most studied, but I am not sure where to look for this sort of information.

Here's Hellenion's page on the Athenian New Year:
http://sites.google.com/site/hellenionstemenos/festivals/athenian-new-year

Generally, you can get an idea of when Athenian festivals fall from HMEPA, though there's often not a lot of information about said events there:
http://www.numachi.com/~ccount/hmepa/
(...Which has the Athenian New Year in late June or early July, actually.)

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

My understanding is that the ancient Greeks (or at least Athenians; insert caveat about "ancient Greece" really being made up of a lot of cultures here) didn't really place much importance on the solstices and equinoxes--there might be festivals on or near those dates, maybe even with similar themes sometimes, but not really specifically *about* the whole solar-cycle thing, if that makes sense.
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