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Family fun activity: How to celebrate Saturnalia.
You don’t need to be ancient or Roman to have some winter family fun like the Romans did!

Try and write a story or poem about Saturnalia.

Below are three objects found by archaeologists at Arbeia Roman Fort, a bone die, a candle stick, and a coin with the Emperor wearing a 'radiant crown'. This is not something he would ever have worn in real life, but is just symbolic, the spikes representing the rays of the sun, so here's a sun symbol for you! 

Try and write a story or poem about Saturnalia using these three objects and any other information you have found out from this resource. Can you write a story about your own holiday celebrations? What objects would you include? When you have finished, post your stories on our Facebook page so we can celebrate with you! 

A Roman die

A Roman candle stick

A Roman coin with the Emperor wearing a 'radiant crown'.


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