Friday December 6, 2013
Bishop (Saint) Nicholas
Day is December 6. St. Nicholas is a legendary figure connected with Christmas gift-givers like Santa Klaus. He is thought to have lived in the 4th century, and to have been born in Lycia in Asia Minor.
He was probably bishop in the Lycian city of Myra. Nicholas is thought to have been wealthy and to have given his gold away to help others. There is a story that he provided bags of gold as dowries for three daughters of a poor man to keep them from having to become prostitutes.
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"This day in ancient history" caveat: please see Unreliability of Dates.
Thursday December 5, 2013
says Publius Cornelius Lentulus was executed on this day in 62 B.C. for complicity in the conspiracy of Catiline. Lentulus tried to involve Gauls in the conspiracy and was caught. His method of death was strangulation.
"This day in ancient history" caveat: please see Unreliability of Dates
Monday December 2, 2013
Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt
Cover art photographed by Gavin Ashworth
, by the Brooklyn Museum's Edward Bleiberg, Yekaterina Barbash, and Lisa Bruno, offers an unusual look into the history and customs of ancient Egypt. It describes the roles of animals in Egyptian religion and life, and focuses on the enormous number of animals mummified by the ancient Egyptians.
Sunday December 1, 2013
At the Gaudium Mundo
blog, you can learn at least one new Christmas Carol, in Latin, of course, for every day of the month of December. The offering is now up to 80 songs. Today's songs are: O Viri, Este Hilares
, a Latin version of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," along with Dies est laetitiae
, and also In oriente sidus
, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Jakaż to gwiazda?"
More on Christmas:
Also see: Gaudete, Gaudete! Latin Christmas and Holiday Songs! from Latin teacher and writer Laura Gibbs
Also, a reminder: The Saturnalia approaches....