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io Saturnalia - Happy Christmas the Roman Way Gillian Hovell BA (Hons) Wednesday 12 December 2018

The lecture to be held at Appleby Market Hall at 11 am on the 12th December, 2018. Members are free, there is a small charge of £8.00 to none members. Everyone welcome.

Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for that pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the Pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christian traditions, present giving, holly and even party-hats! All have their origins in this 2,000 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.

Gillian Hovell is an Award winning writer, Lover of Latin, Classical historian, Prehistorian and Muddy Archaeologist!