I always check each day the fun site rogue classicism for interesting trivia.
Let’s look at today’s entry there.
This Day in Ancient History
ante diem xvi kalendas apriles
Festival of Mars continues (day 17)
Liberalia — a festival of general merriment and wine drinking in honour of Liber Pater (another name for Bacchus)
Agonalia — the rex sacrificulus would offer a ram to various deities
45 B.C. — Julius Caesar defeats Pompey’s sons and Labienus at Munda
136 A.D. — the future emperor Marcus Aurelius dons the toga virilis
180 A.D. — death of Marcus Aurelius at Bononia
461 A.D. — death of Saint Patrick (traditional)
Do you like the movie Gladiator? There are some great moments in that film. While the film makers did some absolutely absurd things to Marcus Aurelius… after all, the idea that Marcus Aurelius would have wanted to restore the Republic is pure fantasy … Gladiator does include the day Marcus Aurelius died at Bononia.
Okay… enough of that.