Saturnalia has become too commercial

26 Nov 2018

Just a reminder that ancient Roman Stoic philosophers complained about the Saturnalia festival expanding to encompass the entire month of December.

It is the month of December, and yet the city is at this very moment in a sweat. License 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 it is 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.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters From A Stoic