2nd century CE . Discovered in Grand Vosges, France. Displayed at the
Musee Departemental d’art Ancien et Contemporain, Epinal, France. Photograph by Stephen Shortt.
Today is the Meditrinalia, a Roman festival to celebrate the end of the grape harvest. The goddess Meditrina was regarded as a deity of healing and wine. It was the custom on this day to combine new wine mixed with old wine in a cup. Part of the wine was offered in libation to the goddess, and part of it was consumed as a cure for illness.