SAM MOORHEAD: ‘SATURNALIA’ AND THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS.
Two thousand years ago “Io Saturnalia!” rather than, “Merry Christmas” was the seasonal greeting that would have chimed out across most of Europe. The Roman mid-winter festival of misrule, has heavily influenced many Christmas traditions – including the time of year we celebrate. Sam Moorhead, Staff Lecturer in Archaeology at the British Museum, explores Saturnalia, tracing its influence on the dating of the Christian festival, and exploring the ‘pagan’ origins of festive traditions, such as gift-giving.
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