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John the Lydian, De Mensibus 4.76-80

“Those theologians who inquire into the nature of things wish May to be water. That it what it is called in the Syrian language and even today they call aqueducts meiouri. Also, they call feasting ‘to do the Maiuma’, from which we get the term Maiuma. The festival was held in Rome in the month of May. The leading men of the city went down to the shore and the city of Ostia to enjoy themselves by throwing one another into the waters of the sea. And so all festivals of this sort are traditionally called Maiuma.” – John the Lydian, De Mensibus 4.76-80

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