Saturn Cutting off Cupid's Wings with a Scythe (1802) by Ivan Akimov (Tretyakov Gallery)
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On this day in Ancient History
, the Saturnalia festival continued for the Romans, with merriment, gambling, and role reversals. This is also one of the days in which the Roman
goddess Ops was honored with a festival named for her. Ops was the goddess of abundance, who came to be associated with Rhea
/Gaia (Earth mother-titan
(grain goddess), and her daughter Kore/Persephone/Proserpina. She was often paired with the god Consus at whose festival, in the early legends of Rome, the Sabine women
were seized by the lusty young bachelors of the recently-founded city of Rome. She was also paired with Saturn perhaps because of their festivals' overlap.
"This day in ancient history" caveat: please see Unreliability of Dates.