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The Elaphebolia (Έλαφηβόλια) was an ancient Greek festival held at Athens and Phocis during the month of Elaphebolion (March/April dedicated to Artemis Elaphebolos (deer slayer). In the town of Hyampolis in Phocis, it would have been instituted by the inhabitants to commemorate a victory against the Thessalians.

Cakes in the shape of stags were offered to the goddess during the festival.

Modern followers of Hellenism (religion) observe Elaphebolia as a holiday. The date for 2016 is March 15.[1]


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  • Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities edited by William Smith (1870) p.450