In many Ancient Calendars, today was actually Old Midsummer’s Day. Ancient or not, the earth, interestingly enough will be the farthest ever on its entire orbit from the sun. Pretty cool, hu?
Now just to make it all the sweeter, Rome would be having two festivals today. It was called Poplifugium, and it was all about history for them. Way back when, Rome was defeated by the Gaul, and unfortunately because of it, were ordered to hand over a big portion of their women. (Sucks to be a woman, sheesh.) Unfortunately, it didn’t suck as much for the ladies of Rome as it did for their slaves. Some Roman gal named Tutula threw the idea of slaves dressing up as the Noble women of Rome and guess how long it took for those ladies of upper-class to throw their poor slave girls out there?
While the Slave women of Rome had to endure their share of hardships, in this one particular case, they had to endure some more.
Ordered to go into the enemy camps of Gaul and get the soldiers drunk, they did. Then after Tutula climbed a tree with a torch giving Roman Soldiers the signal, Romans marched in and threw down on Gaul. Now, I wonder if those slave women were set free afterwards, or if they were sent back to serving their Ladies and Masters AFTER saving their royal butts? Doubt it. While I dig Ancient Cultures, some of their habits just, well, turns my stomach.
Any who…today is also sacred to Ma’at of Egypt, who will join Thoth and Ra on this day and ride across the skies in the sun boat!