The Holiday Season is Upon Us
I want to wish everyone and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May it be joyful for you!
Macha from The Sign of the Eagle
me, if you have not purchased a copy for yourself, or have a friend or relative who likes to read historical fiction, a copy
of my historical novel, The Sign of the Eagle, will make a wonderful Christmas gift. You can order a copy from one
of the below links or from your local brick and mortar store--you still have time!
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sunbury Press, Amazon-UK, Amazon-De, Amazon-Fr, Amazon-It, Amazon-Jp
- The Wolf of Britannia
Last week I received an email copy of the editor's
second revision of The Wolf of Britannia, Vol. 1. She said, "We have a really good product and everything is
looking great." There were only a few minor changes that I needed to make. After reviewing the copy, I made the suggested
changes (I also found a few words missing, vital to the story line which I added) and emailed the copy back to the editor.
Once I have finished with the editing/revision of Vol. II, she will review again and send it back for any fine tune-up. Once
that is completed, she will submit both volumes to the publisher for formatting. I should complete my revision of Vol. II
in a couple more weeks. I have had to add to new scenes and a new chapter--this has taken more time than I had expected.
The Roman Saturnalia
Statues of Saturnalia
Saturnalia was a week-long Roman holiday that took place from December 17th to the 23rd. It was
celebrated in honor of Saturn as a harvest god, and the Romans held a public feast in the God's honor. Soon it became one
of Rome's most popular festivals. It was marked by tomfoolery and a reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters
ostensibly switched places, much like the Lord of Misrule in later Christian celebrations.
The holiday was
a time to eat, drink, and be merry. The toga was not worn, but rather the synthesis, i.e. colorful, informal "dinner
clothes"; and the pileus (freedman's hat) was worn by everyone. Slaves were exempt from punishment, and treated their
masters with (a pretense of) disrespect. The slaves celebrated a banquet: before, with, or served by the masters. Yet the
reversal of the social order was mostly superficial; the banquet, for example, would often be prepared by the slave, and they
would prepare the masters' dinner as well. It was license within careful boundaries; it reversed the social order without
The customary greeting for the occasion is a "Io, Saturnalia!" --Io (pronounced "e-o")
being a Latin interjection related to "ho" (as in "Ho, praise to Saturn").
Searching for the tomb of Alexander the Great
The search for Alexander the Great’s tomb widens:
for possible burial sites as DNA tests on skeleton continue. Experts have opened the second phase of their excavation of the
vast 4th-century BC tomb in Amphipolis, northern Greece. They hope it holds members of the ancient Macedonian royal family.
The skeleton discovered in the tomb is still undergoing DNA analysis.
Reports suggest the tomb was
built for a Macedonian general, but it's thought the skeleton may be Alexander the Great himself. Archaeologists
will scan two hectares (five acres) of the vast mound to look for clues about what may lie beneath - hopefully more chambers.
By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE
Check the following link for more information
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2845289/Scientists-seek-tombs-ancient-Greek-site.html#ixzz3KsgH4Rzs
Check my latest installment, Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome - Part
XIII, on my Ancient World Notes Page. In this segment we cover the problem of runaway slaves, burglary and riots.
Until next time I wish each and every one a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Ave Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes