Theoxenia (also theodaisia, "entertainments given to the
gods"). A festival celebrated in many parts of Greece in honour, not only
of the principal local divinity, but of many others who were considered as his
guests. Such was the feast held at Delphi in honour of Apollo in the month hence
called Theoxenius (August). Of the manner of its celebration nothing is known.
Distinguished men, such as Pindar and his descendants, were also invited to the
sacrificial feast. Elsewhere other gods appeared as hosts at the feast, as the
Dioscuri, the patrons of hospitality, in Paros and Agrigentum. From these god-feasts
the Romans probably derived the custom of their lectisternia.
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This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
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