Weekend Roundup: Io Saturnalia!
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Dear Classical Wisdom Reader,
Christmas in South America sucks.
Well, maybe not the whole continent, but here in Argentina it is hard to get into the spirit of things. It’s hot… it’s super sunny… there are no Christmas songs in the shops or decorations. No lights on the streets. No one wears ugly sweaters or funny hats.
You can’t even buy real Christmas tree here… and the fake ones they do have are pretty depressing. But I try to get into holiday mood nonetheless:
After all, Christmas has a long and storied tradition of celebration, a legacy of partying that goes back to the ancient world.
Indeed, for those of you who don’t already have it circled on the calendar, today is the beginning of Saturnalia!
We’ll discuss this fantastic holiday, what Catullus called “the best of days” more during the week (after all, it lasts a whole week!) And the fact that, fortunately for me, there is an earlier midsummer Greek tradition that might be more apt for my current situation…
In the meantime, enjoy our weekend roundup below and the moment for a classics catch up. Oh and don’t forget to get your lord of misrule on… Io Saturnalia!!!
All the best,
Founder and Director
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Give the love of ancient history, poetry and archeology this holiday!
Your readers might like my recent reflections on Bob Dylan's odd reports of his reading Thucydides. https://pomocon.substack.com/p/bob-d-on-thucydides