happy new year from the Trust!

The Colchester Archaeological Trust at the Roman circus
would like to wish everyone a happy new year!

We thank you for your support and interest in 2016
and we give you our best wishes for 2017.

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The ancient Romans celebrated the new year on the first of January with feasting and drinking and the giving of gifts, especially money for prosperity, lamps for a year full of light, and jars of figs and dates for a year of sweetness and good fortune. They probably named the month of January after Janus, the two-faced god who looked to both the past and the future and was the god of beginnings and endings, doorways, war and peace, and even of trade and shipping. Interestingly, a broken Roman ceramic lamp has been found at Colchester which is decorated with the image of a ship (1st century AD, from the Trust’s Culver Street site).
Read more about the Roman new year at http://flavias.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/ancient-roman-new-year.html .

 

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(Original image by Maliz Ong, published in the public domain at www.publicdomainpictures.net which we acknowledge with thanks.)

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