The Lesser Quinquatrus (June 13-15) was a festival of the flute-players guild. Ovid tells in his Fasti  that this day was celebrated to honor Minerva, inventor of the flute. His tale recounts the exile and return of the tībīcenēs to Rome, and it attempts to explain the masks, the long garments, and the other features of the festival.

Thanks to Minerva

Trillingly-Shrillingly
Honor Minerva, the
Goddess who gave us a
Gift of the flute;
Rome was inured to the
Lesser-Quinquatrus-type
Tunes of a tībīcen
Learning to toot.


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