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Menae

goddesses of the fifty lunar months of the four-year period of Olympic games

THE FIFTY MENAI were the goddesses of the lunar months, daughters of Selene (the Moon) and Endymion king of Elis and Olympia, the home of the Olympic Games.

The Menai represented the fifty lunar months of the four-year Olympiad - a basic unit in the Ancient Greek measurement of time.

The eight year Octaeteris (which was used in place of our modern day counting by decades) consisted of two Olympiads of fifty and forty-nine months respectively.

This 99 lunar month cycle equates to 8 solar years, and marks the convergence of these two primal heavenly cycles.

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Sources

[1] "Theoi"




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