Monday, January 3, 2011

Third Day to the Nones of January

In the later Roman empire January 3-5 were the normal days for holidng the Compitalia. This was an ancient festival kept by slaves who on behalf of the household sacrificed a honey-cake to the crossroad gods or Lares Compitales; a woolen effigy was hung up for every free person in the household, and a ball of wool for every slave.

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