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…

Happy New Year!

Today, January 1, Roman polytheists honor Janus, the deity who presides over doorways (januae) and archways (jani), and, by extension, all beginnings and endings. As the gate-keeper of Olympus, he permits the prayers of mortals to enter and to be received by the gods, for which reason he is invoked at the beginning and end…

Hail to the Unconquered Sun!

Today, December 25, marks the Roman festival of the dies natalis  (anniversary) of the dedication of the temple of Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun, in Rome in 274 CE by the Emperor Aurelian. Sol Invictus was regarded as a special patron of Roman soldiers and guardian of the Emperor. Featured image: “Sun God” Detail of the…

Gandharan Buddha

This is one of the earliest depictions of the Buddha in human form. Gandharan artists were familiar with Greek and Roman art from military expeditions, diplomacy, and trade. This Buddha’s unique halo is reminiscent of depictions of the god Helios in Greek and Sol in Roman art. The drape of the tunic echoes Hellenistic and Roman…

Saturnalia 2020

Saturnalia is an ancient Roman religious festival honoring the agricultural god Saturn. The first Saturnalia was held in 497 BCE for the dedication of the Temple of Saturn in Rome, and annual festival commemorating the dies natalis (anniversary) of this event was held on December 17. The celebration proved so popular that it was extended to three…

Roman handwriting font

Originally posted on Greek Myth Comix Shop:
I usually make my own fonts for my comix, and I made LJRomanHand specifically to give a Roman theme to projects and comix that needed it. It is based on examples of Roman ink handwriting on papyrus and wood over several centuries, however the letters have purposely been…

The Apotheosis of Antinous

Today, October 31, modern worshipers of Antinous celebrate his triumph over death! Ave, Ave Antinoe Liberator!Homo Deus, Victor, Pacis Imperator! Featured image: remix by honorthegods. Elements:Background: Bright Center Star Cluster, image by NASA via unslpash (X). Statue: Antinous as Osiris Copy of a statue (circa 131–138 CE) in the Albani Collection of Museo Gregoriano Egiziano; this copy is…

Commemoration of the Descent of Antinous to the Underworld

Today, October 29, modern worshipers of Antinous commemorate the descent of Antinous to the Underworld. The death and apotheosis of Antinous are linked to the voyage of Osiris upon  the Solar Barge as it sails through the Amduat during the 12 hours of the night.  Featured image: Terracotta oil lamp in the shape of a…