Health and Prosperity in the New Year

The Insula Tiberina, or Tiber Island, present day home to the Basilica of S. Bartolomeo and the Fatebenefratelli Hospital Given my peculiar interests, as the new year approaches, I think back to what the ancient Romans thought, celebrated, and, consequently, passed on to us today as we prepare to cross the threshold into a new …

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An Hour: an Imitation of Ovid’s Amores 1.5

These shutters were carbonized and thus preserved in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Ovid's Amores 1.5 The Roman poet Ovid (43 BC - AD 17) wrote a collection of elegiac poems, translated as "Loves" or, perhaps more accurately, "Love Affairs," in which he tells of erotic dalliances, the trials of being a lover, …

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