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Ancient and modern

The Romans knew the dangers of December overindulgence

17 December 2022

9:00 AM

17 December 2022

9:00 AM

Christmas is a time of feasting. So too was the Roman festival of Saturnalia, held in honour of the god Saturn, which took place between 17 and 23 December, when even a poor peasant might kill a pig fattened up for the occasion or, if not, hope to join the company of someone who had.

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