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Metageitnia (Ancient Greek: Μεταγείτνια, μετά + γειτονία literally change of neighborhood) was an Ancient Greek festival held in Athens during the month Metageitnion (August/September) in the honor of Metageitnius Apollo.[1][2] The month of Metageitnion was named after the festival Metageitnia, which celebrated the migration of Theseus from Melite to Diomeia.[3] The celebration of the festival itself declined over time and was replaced by the Apaturia.[4] The festival evolved into a celebration of migrations, immigrations, departures, and colonizations among the Ionians - Metageitnius Apollo presided over the metoikia (the abode).

The Metageitnia is also mentioned by Plutarch in the treatise On Exile in Moralia.[5][6]


  1. ^ Broneer, Oscar (1949). "Plato's Description of Early Athens, and the Origin of Metageitnia". Hesperia Supplements. 8: 47–59. doi:10.2307/1353881. ISSN 1064-1173. JSTOR 1353881.
  2. ^ Larson, Jennifer (2016-03-10). Understanding Greek Religion. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-29673-7.
  3. ^ Graninger, Denver (2011-07-27). Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly. BRILL. p. 90. ISBN 978-90-04-20710-3.
  4. ^ Cavafy, Constantine (2013). C.P. Cavafy - historical poems : a verse translation with commentaries. J. Phillipson. Bloomington, IN. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-1-4817-8867-0. OCLC 855957462.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Harrison, Jane Ellen (1906). Primitive Athens as Described by Thucydides. University Press. pp. 144–145. ISBN 978-0-7222-2420-5.
  6. ^ Parker, Robert (2005-11-25). Polytheism and Society at Athens. OUP Oxford. p. 475. ISBN 978-0-19-153452-2.

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