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Mighty Preparations

December 1, 2012

This seems like a good time for a few words from Seneca (d. AD65) to his friend Lucilius:

It is the month of December, and yet the city is at this very moment in a sweat. Licence is given to the general merrymaking. Everything resounds with mighty preparations – as if the Saturnalia differed at all from the usual business day! So true is it that the difference is nil, that I regard as correct the remark of the man who said, “Once December was a month: now it is a year”.

Goodness knows what he would have thought if Roman shopkeepers had been selling tinsel and fairy lights in October.

Seneca’s ideas on how a good Stoic should respond to public merriment can be found over at Stoics.com

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2 comments

  1. Thanks, Ruth. Your post brought a smile this first day of the “year”of December!


    • Thank you Leah. It’s always a delight to find out our ancestors complained about the same things that we do!



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