How to Cater a Roman Orgy

Dan Fearnley just nudged me from my stupor with a link to a pdf article from the May/June 2010 Journal of Improbable Research:

… a bit less exciting than it might sound; it’s about catering a 1970s Roman dinner at some big university …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xiii kalendas maias

Vitellius on a coin.
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ante diem xiii kalendas maias

  • ludi Cereri (day 8)– games in honour of the grain goddess Ceres, instituted by/before 202 B.C.
  • Cerealia — the actual date of the Cerealia is uncertain, but it ‘reenacted’ Ceres’ search for her daughter Proserpina, with apparently all participants and spectators dressed in white.
  • 69 A.D. — Vitellius is recognized as emperor by the senate in Rome

… we also note today is the commemoration of an (undated) Roman soldier saint Expeditus