In short

Oskhophoria was a separate ceremony held on the same day that the Pyanepsie honored Dionysus and Athena Skira who protects the grape harvest.


Oskhophoria in honor of Dionysus and Athena Skira

The celebration consisted mainly of a procession from a now unknown temple of Dionysus to the temple of Athena Skiras (in Phaleron). Two young men dressed as women (still relating the events of the legends of Theseus), carried vine branches with bunches of grapes (oskhoi) still attached (Plutarch, Theseus, XXIII, 2-3).

The herald who accompanied the procession did not wear a garland, as is customary, but attached it to his herald staff, due to the precedent established in the legend of Theseus.

According to legend, Theseus was supposed to let his father know that he was returning safely, but, overcome with excitement, Theseus forgot to hoist the white sails that signaled him, and the old man leapt to his death, thinking that his son was dead (Plutarch, Theseus, XXII, 1-2).

Le héraut qui est allé à Athènes depuis le port pour faire savoir au roi que Thésée était de retour a été accueilli avec joie et des couronnes, mais à cause de la mort du roi, il a placé les couronnes sur le bâton de son héraut plutôt que sur sa tête.

As a festival in honor of Dionysus, it is interesting in the myth that it was Theseus who abandoned Ariadne on the island where Dionysus, the god of the vine, would in time find her and make her one of the immortals.

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