Course Code: 5XSC01A20
Start Date: 18/12/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 1
Saturnalia was a midwinter Roman festival, originally celebrated from 17th to 19th December, but then gradually extended to include the winter solstice. Historians disagree about the relationship between this pagan festival and the Christian Christmas, but both gave scope for some relaxation of usual rules, norms and conventions; both involved feasting, gift giving, good cheer and goodwill – as the best Christmases still do. In this session we shall explore the Saturnalia festival and also the wider Roman world of Herod and Augustus Caesar – the two most powerful men in the world into which Jesus of Nazareth was born.