January 9 | The Agonalia or Festival to Janus

An Agonalia was an obscure archaic religious observance celebrated in ancient Rome several times a year, in honor of various divinities. Its institution, like that of other religious rites and ceremonies, was attributed to Numa Pompilius, the semi-legendary second king of Rome. Ancient calendars indicate that it was celebrated regularly on January 9, May 21, and December 11. Some thought the Romans had a god named not by chance “Agonius”, who might then have been the god of the Colline part of the city. January 9 was the Agonalia or…

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War Pigs: the defense weapon against Elephant attacks

It’s known that in ancient times man used animals in warfare: horses, elephants, monkeys and even Rhinos were used in the battlefields. As well as beeing turned into weapons, they have been used as transportation for soldiers and equipment. But who would believe that even pigs were used as a war weapon? War pigs are pigs reported to have been used in ancient warfare as military animals, used by ancient armies as military weapons, mainly to face the huge war elephants. In the first century BC, Lucretius reported that some…

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The Dark Origin of Valentine’s Day.

We all know that Valentine’s Day is considered the day of lovers practically all over the world, with a consumerism that often reaches levels to say the least embarrassed. However, the origins of this festival of consumerism, false lovers, cupids and hearts are actually dark, bloody and a bit muddled. The origins are very old, certainly pagan, and are rooted in Roman times. From February 13 to 15 in fact the Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia, which had the function of purifying man and blessing the arrival of the…

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18# Why Christmas is celebrated on 25th December?

According to popular tradition, Christmas is celebrated on 25th December to celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, no records exist in the Bible or elsewhere to suggest that Jesus was actually born on this date, which raises an important question: why is Christmas celebrated on 25 th December? According to Catholic Encyclopaedia “there is no month in the year to which respectable authorities have not assigned Christ’s birth“. However there are lot of reasons to suggest that Jesus was probably not born in December. Firstly, Luke, in his gospel wrote…

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