Visto che siamo quasi al solstizio d’inverno, periodo in cui le giornate sono assai buie e che per noi coincide con le feste natalizie e per gli antichi romani con la festa dei Saturnali, ribloggo un mio testo scritto in inglese su quella festa, la più importante di tutto l’impero romano. Qui trovate la traduzione in italiano. Enjoy.

The Notebook

Dafna asked me to write about the Roman Saturnalia, a festival in honour of Saturn.

“Inspired by Richard’s musing about Christmas – she said – I just discovered the term: ‘Beginning in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continuing for a full month, Saturnalia was a hedonistic time ….’ Sounds like fun.”

So here we are Dafna, although my mind is blurred by all this saturnalian revels, starting in Italy on Dec. 24 and ending with the Epiphany, Gen. 6.

Quite a long time isn’t it.

Ma poi ecco l’Epifania
che tutte le feste si porta via.

Saturn & the Golden Age

Saturn, the Roman god of seed and sowing, very ancient according to sources, had his temple built at the foot of the Capitoline hill. It housed a wooden (later ivory) statue of the god filled with oil, holding a scythe and whose feet bound…

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