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photoblog image Soldiers of the Deva Victrix 20th Legion.

Soldiers of the Deva Victrix 20th Legion.

 

... Parade through the darkened streets of the Roman city of Deva, or as it is known today Chester, past the guard of the emperor to celebrate Saturnalia, the feast at which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn. Saturnalia was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for only a day on 17 December but it was so popular it extended to a week, from the 17 to 23 December, despite Augustus' efforts to reduce it to three days, and Caligula's, to five.

 

saturnalia

 

The poet Catullus describes Saturnalia as the best of days. It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving, particularly of wax candles (cerei), and earthenware figurines (sigillaria). The Emperor declared the start of the feast and set free the Lord of Misrule.

 

emperor

 

 

misrule

 

Then the dancers would perform for the crowds.

 

dancers

 

The Roman Saturnalia Parade is performed in December as part of modern day Chester's Christmas celebrations.

 

Soldiers of the Deva Victrix 20th Legion.

 

... Parade through the darkened streets of the Roman city of Deva, or as it is known today Chester, past the guard of the emperor to celebrate Saturnalia, the feast at which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn. Saturnalia was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for only a day on 17 December but it was so popular it extended to a week, from the 17 to 23 December, despite Augustus' efforts to reduce it to three days, and Caligula's, to five.

 

saturnalia

 

The poet Catullus describes Saturnalia as the best of days. It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving, particularly of wax candles (cerei), and earthenware figurines (sigillaria). The Emperor declared the start of the feast and set free the Lord of Misrule.

 

emperor

 

 

misrule

 

Then the dancers would perform for the crowds.

 

dancers

 

The Roman Saturnalia Parade is performed in December as part of modern day Chester's Christmas celebrations.

 

comments (5)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Dec 2011, 07:37
A wonderful set of pictures Les: I just wonder how many other festivals & parades are going on out there that I know nothing of...
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, I suspect there are a few I don't know about as well.
Looks as though this was quite a presentation Les.
Les Auld: It was a pleasant evening out Brian, thanks for the comment.
wonderful shots there, so much colour and life, well done
Les Auld: A fun evening out Derek, thanks for the comment.
Fantastic images here Les.
Les Auld: Glad you like them Frances.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Dec 2011, 23:26
Another fine series.
Les Auld: Thanks John, it was fun taking them.

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