Terminalia

An Aberystwyth celebration, 23rd February 2017

Terminalia was the last day of the year in the Roman calendar; our system has this as February 23rd.

It was the custom to walks the walls of a settlement on this day, and visit its terminii: this custom is re-enacted, often by psychogeographers, in many places today.

Terminalia was celebrated in Aberystwyth by a select group. While the walls are no longer visible, their route was easy to trace. The town map is very clear to this day, and various historical sources confirm the course as:

Castle Point, South to Tan Y Cae, Along to Heol Y Bont, Dan Dre, Chalybeate Street, Baker Street, Alfred Place, Crynfryn Row, Marine Terrace, King Street, Y Ro Fawr, Castle Point
There were gates at Heol Y Bont, Great Darkgate Street, Eastgate and Pier Street, which will be noted as part of the tour.
(Map: Archaeology Data Service.)

Some words of wisdom are available. Here is a picture of Ruth reading them in Ultracomida:




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