Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Saturnalia To All!

The Saturnalia officially was celebrated on December 17 and, in Cicero's time, lasted seven days, from December 17-23. Augustus limited the holiday to three days, so the civil courts would not have to be closed any longer than necessary, and Caligula extended it to five which Claudius restored after it had been abolished. Still, everyone seems to have continued to celebrate for a full week, extended, by celebration of the Sigillaria, so named for the small earthenware figurines that were sold then.

No comments: