Domina Lucretia Natta joins me in a special Saturnalia episode to introduce you to this delightful ancient Roman celebration.
Through the early Christian church’s union with the Roman Empire, many of the traditions of Saturnalia went on to become modern Christmas celebrations. Exchanging gifts, lighting the streets with lights, distributing gifts to wandering merry-makers, feasting, family time, days off work, taking some cheat days on your diet, spending all month getting ready, and maybe even candied nuts. Of course we discuss Roman spirituality vs. religion vs. the state religion. We also dig into the highly stratified classes in Rome, the drawbacks of making the church the same as the state, along with the roots of one of the modern world’s most pernicious problems: Anti-Semitism.
Don’t miss out, Domina Lucretia Natta issues a challenge for which she offers a prize, and we give you an opportunity to put your nuts in our mouths.
- Saturnalia with Nova Roma
- The Source of the Roman Private Ritual
- Martial, Epigrams. Book 14. Mainly from Bohn’s Classical Library (1897)
Visit Lucretia Natta’s website, An Adevnture in Rome, to learn about the life of a courtesan in the Roman Republic.
Here’s the newest addition to Lucretia’s library, which she thoroughly recommends. Not period, but full of poetry for the sex worker’s soul.
One of the first times I heard about Saturnalia was in this show from the History Channel about the history of Christmas.
And since we mentioned it, for your viewing pleasure, guys in kilts doing yoga.
Don’t you think the camera keeps cutting away a little too soon? I do. It’s my only criticism of this wholesome content.
Io Saturnalia, lovelies, or whatever holidays you celebrate/d. Thank you so much for your support! ♥
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Sound Engineering: Evan Meier
- Intro Music: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and AmbientMixer.
- In-Call: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat.
- Celebrity Objectification Challenge: Captain Digorie Piper his Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.