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Arŏtoi Hiĕroi

ἄροτοι ἱεροί). “Sacred ploughings,” three in number, held in Attica in the month Maimacterion (Nov. -Dec.), to commemorate the institution of agriculture. The first ploughing was held at Sciros; the second on the Rarion Plain near Eleusis; the third under the Acropolis. A family of priests known as Βουζύγιοι, a sort of Arval Brotherhood (see Fratres Arvales), cared for the sacred plough and oxen. See Schömann, Griech. Alt. ii. 266.

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