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Can we pinpoint the origins of Christmas to Roman Consul Aulus Sempronius Atratinus 497 BC?

"Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves as it was seen as a time of liberty for both slaves and freedmen alike.[1]".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia .

Saturnalia was a Roman festival celebrated from December 17th, to December 23rd, and involved gift giving.

According to the below, Aulus Sempronius Atratinus built the temple of Saturn in 497 BC, which may be the earliest reference to Saturnalia?.

"During his first consular appointment in 497 BC, he consecrated the newly built Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum. The aforementioned writers relate the foundation with the festivals of Saturnalia.[3]".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aulus_Sempronius_Atr... .

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4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    It is a combination of festivals and evidence shows it was significant in Neolithic times - many pagan European/Scandinavian societies celebrated the Winter Solstice, not just the Romans, but many of their traditions (Feast of Calends) still persist. To primitive societies it was a big deal when there was the possibility of the sun never returning. The whole thing was hijacked by the Christians in the 4th century to show what fun people they are, and then reinvented by agencies as diverse as Charles Dickens and the Coca Cola Company.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The Roman celebration of the Winter Solstice was, by their calendar, celebrated on 25 December (Sol Invictus). Yule was also celebrated on the Solstice.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I checked Wikipedia. It was actually Togo.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I think it started in Benin. Check Wikipedia. 

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