Did the first Christian Roman emperor appropriate the pagan festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of Christ? Matt Salusbury weighs the evidence.
In particular, human skeletal remains, which can elucidate various past behaviors through careful scienti?c analysis, have largely been ignored as a credible source of information about the ancient Roman world of both the living and the dead.
It is well known that the tenth poem of the Vergilian Catalepton on Sabinus the Muleteer closely parodies Catullus Phaselus ille. The one poem elegantly describes the career of a sleek ship, its heroic voyages and its final retirement from service. The other humorously reports the career of a lowly mule driver named Sabinus, his business trips, his life in retirement.