The Book Saturnalia - On the origin of the festival and Saturnus

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The Book Saturnalia - On the origin of the festival and Saturnus

Postby Lucius Curtius Philo » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:17 pm

Salve,

See the attached passage on Saturn and the origin of Saturnalia as written by Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius in 400 CE.

Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter 7

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Re: The Book Saturnalia - On the origin of the festival and Saturnus

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:11 am

Salve Senator!

Gratias maximas tibi pro verbis ex hoc libro ago.
This explains quite a lot. This is the reason why Saturn is connected with agriculture. It seems like he was a real prehistoric person that came from abroad to Italy and brought the knowledge of a higher civilization with him. Also the explanation how the two faces of Janus are to interpret is very interesting.
This mythology allows us a look through a tiny window into the time before written history. Great finding!

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Re: The Book Saturnalia - On the origin of the festival and Saturnus

Postby Lucius Curtius Philo » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:41 am

Salvete!

See the attached passage written by Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius in 400 CE. Here he gives another version of the origin of Saturnalia. Lupus, this version speaks to your theory.

Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter 7

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Re: The Book Saturnalia - On the origin of the festival and Saturnus

Postby Lucius Curtius Philo » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:42 am

Salvete!

See the attached passage written by Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius in 400 CE. Here he gives another version of the origin of Saturnalia. His source for this detailed explaination is Varro. His how lost work was an authority on the Cultus Deorum during the late Republic.

Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter 7

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