Posted by: aediculaantinoi | August 17, 2013

O Portune!

Today is the Roman festival of Portunalia, the celebration of the god Portunus, who was a god of keys, grain warehouses, and doors; and, later, of harbors, from which he was syncretized to the god Palaimon, which is the reason we celebrate it in the Ekklesía Antínoou (on which more in a moment). He was also a god associated with both well-timed (opportune) and badly-timed (importune) events, like waves or winds on the sea. Thus, I’m mindful at present of how this dual nature might impact, positively or negatively, some of the things that I have planned for the future…

But, as mentioned previously, the main interest in this date for our own polytheistic practice here is the connection to Palaimon/Melikertes, who did not have an official feast day (to my knowledge) in any Greek calendar, despite the popularity of his cultus and the games associated with it in Corinth down to the end of antiquity; his commemoration during Hadrian’s reign on coins, as well as the similarity of his death by drowning and then apotheosis/heroization paralleling that of Antinous.

You can read my longer poem for Palaimon and friends from last year here; or, there’s a shorter one I’ll give to you now as well.


O Portune

O Portune, on this your holy day,
may you favor me with good winds and waves
and never importunate tidings and trials.

O Portune, on this your holy day,
may I not be thrown from cliffs or crags
or drown in the tides of the sea.

O Portune, on this your holy day,
may my soul rise up like the surging sea
and ride on waves to divine realms.

O Portune, on this your holy day,
may all those who drowned be remembered,
may all the gods and heroes be praised.


Ave Portune! Khaire Palaimon!


  1. […] is the Portunalia, as I explained earlier, and thus it could be both an opportune and an inopportune occasion for a variety of things. […]

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