The role of the phratriai in the Apaturia
and Thargelia festivals and in the cults of Zeus Phratrios and Athena Phratria, as well as details of the cultic activity of phratries and their subgroups, give some credence to the Aristotelian claim (Ath.
Plato in the Timaeus (21b) mentions that boys at the festival of Apaturia
were said to engage in "rhapsodic contests" (aithla rhapsoidias) set up by their fathers, where the objective was apparently to exchange (if we may extract that meaning out of rhapsoidia) the elegiac verses of Solon.
On the probable absence of women from the sacrificial feast given during the Apaturia
, a festival of the phrateres (clansmen), to mark new marriages, see Parke (n.
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.
Later the daughter claimed she was pregnant with Callias' child, but at the Apaturia
Callias denied the child.
At the Attic Apaturia
, Dionysia and mysteries conscription is proclaimed - for cooks
26 The adjudication is to take place in future in the year after that in which the koureion is sacrificed, on the Koureotis day in the Apaturia