Our Next Lecture will be on the 7 December 2023 | Io, SATURNALIA! HAPPY CHRISTMAS THE ROMAN WAY | GILLIAN HOVEL
Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly and even party-hats all have their origins in this 2000-year-old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we unwrap the images and stories behind our festive season.
Join us for a glass of festive cheer and nibbles in the Refectory after the lecture.
New Members joining us in 2024 are welcome to come to this lecture as our guests and join in the party!