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ANAKLETE´RIA

ANAKLETE´RIA (ἀνακλητήρια), the name of a solemnity at which the minority of a young prince was declared at an end, and he assumed the reins of government. The name was chiefly applied to the coming of age of the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt. (Plb. 18.38, 28.10.) The prince went to Memphis, and was there adorned by the priests with the sacred diadem, and led into the temple of Phtha, where he vowed not to make any innovations either in the order of the year or of the festivals. He then carried to some distance the yoke of Apis, in order to be reminded of the sufferings of man. Rejoicings and sacrifices concluded the solemnity. (Diod. 30.16.)

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