Ceres and the Festival of Cerialia

Whenever we talk about breakfast cereal and cereal crops, we are invoking the name of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture. So why did the Romans worship and celebrate her? What was her role? Why was she important? Find out more here. Read more

Megalesia and comparisons of ‘The Mother Goddess'

The Mother Goddess is one of the most important in Ancient religions.  The festival of Megalesia in Ancient Rome celebrated the Mother Goddess. This blog explores this festival and looks briefly at wider other Mother Goddess belief systems. Read more

Hadrian the Astronomer

Emperor Hadrian was a keen astronomer and there is surviving evidence of his love for the stars in three buildings in or near Rome. Find out more about these buildings and the impact of the stars on Hadrian's life. Read more

How did the Romans celebrate Spring?

You might think that this would be a simple question.  But for historians there are lots of things to consider when trying to answer this question as life was very different for people living in Roman Britain than it is for us today. Read this blog to find out more. Read more

Quinquatrus - Festival of Minerva

The Quinquatrus is a five-day festival in March to celebrate Minerva. Find out more about it in this blog. Read more

Matronalia - Celebrating the Roman mother

The Matronalia was an important festival in the Roman calendar which celebrated Juno, childbirth and motherhood. Read more

Mars and the Roman New Year

On March 1st the Romans celebrated new years day and the month is named after the Roman god of war and agriculture, Mars. Find out more about him here. Read more

Parentalia - Festival of the Ancestors

Parentalia was the Roman festival to celebrate your ancestors. During the nine days of the festival all temples were closed, no weddings took place, and magistrates wore no insignia indicating that no official business was conducted. Read more

Celebrating the Fornacalia

Fornax, the goddess of ovens and furnaces is not one that is talked about much in modern times. But worshiped her to aid in cooking, to prevent burnt offerings and serious house fires. Read more

Venus and Cupid

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we often think of love and we associate Venus and Cupid with this holiday. This blog looks at these mother and son and their relevance to our modern connections to this time of year. Read more

Lupercalia and its relationship to Valentine's Day

Lupercalia was originally a pagan festival of fertility and prosperity. Find out here more about its links with the modern Valentine's Day. Read more

St Valentine

St Valentine was a Christian martyr sentenced to death by the Romans. But who was the real Valentine? Read more