Apaturia


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Apaturia

(ăpəcho͝o`rēə, –tyo͝o`rēə), in Greek religion, annual festival celebrated by the Ionians and the Athenians. It was held in October or November, in the season when various phratries (clans) met to induct new members, register children born since the previous festival, and pay homage to the gods.

Apaturia

epithet of Athena, meaning ‘deceitful.’ [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 36]
See: Deceit
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32) The name Apaturia suggested to the ancient Athenians apate--deception, trickery, cheating, guile--and in keeping with that word, the Apaturia celebrated a legendary Athenian act of deception that gave them the victory in a war with Boeotia.
Kritias heard the tale on the third day of the Apaturia, called Kureotis, the day of youths.
He lets us know that he is solving that problem by placing his tale during the Apaturia and its celebration of victory-bringing deception.