The wedding anniversary (gamos) of Zeus Teleios (authority, head of the family) and Hera Teleia, giving his name to the month, 27 Gamelion, the month of marriage (Theogamia for the marriage of the gods). Not much is known about Theogamia except that it was celebrated with a great feast.


Theogamia, the marriage of Zeus and Hera

Because holy matrimony was commemorated this month, the month has become the perfect time to get married, perhaps because of the impending arrival of spring (Parke 104). It is also possible, but less likely, that the month was first a wedding month and then became the proper date to celebrate the union of Hera and Zeus.

Although the Theogamy probably did not commemorate the union of Zeus and Hera as recounted in the Iliad, the epic account describes how such a divine union might have been imagined by the ancients:

“With this the son of Cronus took his wife in his arms, and beneath them now the holy ground burst forth with fresh green grass, crocuses and hyacinths, dew-soaked clover, so thick and soft that it lifted their bodies hard and compacted ground…

Folded deep in this bed, they lay and around them shrouded a wondrous cloud of gold, and glistening rains of dew rained down around them both. And so, profoundly at peace, the Father fell asleep on the peak of Gargaron, conquered by Sleep. And strong assaults of Love, his wife locked in his arms. »
—Iliad, 14.413-421, translated by Robert Fagles

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En ce jour, en Greece antique était célébré le mariage de Zeus et Héra, la Théogamie. Peu de chose sont connus de la fête, il était surement propice de se marier en se début de Printemps et ce mois de Gamelion (Mariage). #mythologie #mythe #legend #calendar #30January #gamelia #theogamia

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