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Lo Saturnalia

Posted on: 12th January 2016 By: Fiona Charlesworth

An excited Roman slave visited the galleries of Verulamium Museum on Sunday 13th December 2015.    She told us all about the Roman festival of Saturnalia. This lasted for several days and took place around the time of the winter solstice, when days were at their darkest.   Saturnalia was a celebration dedicated to Saturn, god of agriculture. It was a time of visiting friends and relatives, feasting, drinking, decorating homes with evergreens and gift giving. Does this sound familiar?   She told us that the highlight for her is the day in which slaves become masters and masters become slaves. Typical gifts given included seeds, nuts or candles. Foods eaten included, wild boar, peacock rissoles, meat patties and stuffed dormouse   Check the What’s On section of the website to find out about future events at Verulamium Museum