Sol Invictus

24 Dec

I spent twenty-eight solid hours in transit yesterday. My December 23rd lasted a whopping thirty-seven hours instead of the standard twenty-four, due to the miracles of modern air travel and the International Date Line. (I’m actually a Time Lord in disguise.) But hey, I’m not complaining. I get to be home for the holidays, for which I am profoundly grateful.

For those of you who want to remember the reason for the season, the answer is less Jesus Christ and more Saturnalia. The History of Rome podcast has a fascinating look at the history of Christmas and December 25th in general here. So really, have yourself a Happy Feast of the Unconquered Sun!

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One Response to “Sol Invictus”

  1. cathi green December 25, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    Jane… so glad you are home. did you ever hear the story of how Joe earned his W&L scholarship? It was mostly dependent upon the poem entitled “Invictus” which I will copy here:

    Invictus
    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

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