• The Winter Solstice - The Roman midwinter festival Saturnalia

    4 days ago - By It's About Time

    Tuesday 17th December 2013 BBC History Magazine by Emma McFarnon
    "How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas'?
    "It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? English historian Dr Carey Fleiner, a senior lecturer in classical and medieval history at the University of Winchester, looks back at Saturnalia, the Roman mid-winter ‘festival of misrule'
    "Q: What was Saturnalia, and how was it celebrated?
    "A: It was the Romans' mid-winter knees up!
    "It was a topsy-turvy holiday of feasting, drinking, singing in the...
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