Hygeia, Goddess of Health by Peter Paul Reubens, 1617

Hygiea by Gustav Klimt, 1901 Hygiea is the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine. She oversees the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “hygiene”. The Romans called her Valetudo, the goddess of personal health, but in time she was identified with the ancient…

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Ave Solis Invicti!

Roman mosaic, c. 225 AD. Musee du Vieil Orbe, Orbe, Switzerland Dies Natalis Solis Invicti! Hail to the Unconquered Sun!

The Bouquet by John William Godward,1899 The woman in this painting is wearing a stola (the feminine form of the ancient Roman toga), drawn tightly at the waist with a palla (Roman shawl) The herm in the background is inscribed, Genio L nostri Felix, in reference to a statue that was excavated in Pompeii from…

Preparations for the Festivities by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadena, 1866

Roman Family by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Felix Sigillaria! Today is the last day of Saturnalia. Family and friends exchanged small gifts on this day.

Roman Fresco – Woman playing a musical instrument

Roman Fresco of a woman playing a musical instrument

Soldiers from Deva Vitrix (that’s Chester, for you moderns) celebrate Saturnalia with a torchlight parade. 2013.

Lake Michigan Sunrise Source: X You have returned O Sun, as I knew you would For this is your part in the way of things You have your role, and you play it well I ask that you inspire me to do the same: To know the right thing to do And to do it…