Wear a mask and get vaccinated!

This has been a public service announcement from Marcus Aurelius. Readers, if you’re eligible for the vaccine and haven’t already done so, please get the shot/s. We can’t make the world a better place without your help. ⋞~•━━━━━━━━━━━━༻❁༺━━━━━━━━━━━━•~⋟ Remix background: Last Words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius by Eugène Delacroix, 1884. Collection of the Fine…

Dies natalis of the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus

Today, September 13, marks the dies natalis (anniversary) of the dedication of the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus (also known as the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus) in Rome. This festival was partially observed with the Epulum Jovis, a lectisternium feast in which busts of Jupiter, Juno Regina, and Minerva (the Capitoline Triad) were placed on…

Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE

Today, August 24, has for many centuries been thought to have been the beginning of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.(X) Tons of pumice, ash, and mud from the volcano buried the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae, as well as hundreds of farms and villas in the surrounding countryside, over a period of…

Festival of the Red Lotus

Today, August 22, modern worshipers of Antinous celebrate the Festival of the Red Lotus. A poem from the reign of Diocletian (284 – 305 CE) links the red Egyptian lotus with drops of blood shed by the Marousian Lion, a man-eater slain by the Emperor Hadrian and Antinous during the Imperial visit to Libya in…

The Vinalia Rustica

Today, 19 August, marks the Vinalia Rustica, a Roman festival celebrating the the beginning of the grape harvest. The mythic origin of this festival was ascribed to Aeneas, the son of Venus, who vowed to give all the wine from the next harvest to Jupiter in return for victory over the Etruscan king Mezentius.  As…

August: Festivals of the Goddess Diana

August 13 marks the recurrence of three separate ancient Roman celebrations honoring the goddess Diana: the dies natalis (anniversary) of the dedication of her Aventine temple in Rome, the Neomoralia festival at Aricia, and the dies natalis of the Collegium of Diana and Antinous in Lanuvium. The Aventine temple of Diana was built in the…

Link: the Vinalia Rustica

August 19 – The Vinalia Rustica: The Ancient Roman Country Wine Festival BY JASON R. ABDALE on AUGUST 11, 2021  It’s no secret that Italians love their wine, and justifiably so, for Italy produces some of the best wine in the world. The ancient Romans, too, were great admirers of the fruits of the vine, and they held several…

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

“Faith traditions teach the need to listen to those who are silenced and uplift those who are oppressed. They ask us to find the common ground in the human experience. They urge to embrace others, especially those who are different. Faith motivates many to work tirelessly for the common good by finding life purpose and…

The Brothers – or Lovers – of Antinoopolis

Today, May 10, modern worshipers of Antinous celebrate the Antinoopolitan Lovers. They are known to us from a life-sized double portrait on a wooden panel which was discovered at Antinoopolis in 1888/89, perhaps from a family tomb. The portrait has itself been dated to the 130s – 140s CE, shortly after the founding of the…

Happy Floralia!

The Floralia is a Roman festival honoring Flora, the goddess of spring, flower gardens, and crops. It was held each year from April 27th or 28th to May 3rd. She is married to Favonius, the God of the West Wind. Flora was one of the most important goddesses in the Roman pantheon, one of only…

Felix dies natalis Roma!

Today, 21 April 2021, marks 2,774th year ab urbe condita (from the date of the founding of the City of Rome) in 753 BCE! The Ministero della Cultura posted this time-lapse video of sunlight streaming from the oculus of the Pantheon in Rome as it perfectly falls on the doorway at noon each April 21:…

Fortuna Publica

Today, April 5, is the dies natalis (anniversary) of the dedication of the temple of Fortuna Publica in the city of Rome. Fortuna Publica Romani is the goddess of the luck, fate, or fortune of the of the people and state of Rome. O, Goddess! Be favorable this day to the people of the modern…