Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Did the Romans Suffer From Spring Fever?

I was sure they did until I looked up the definition and symptoms. I think of spring fever as a sense of excitement with a hefty dose of fun-loving irresponsibility. Just the sort of excitement that leads to college kids' notorious spring breaks. A sort of spring Saturnalia. At the tail end of April the Romans celebrated a series of festivals I can't help thinking of as silly-sounding and proof that they suffered from (my definition of) spring fever. "Let's find something, anything, to pin it on and have a party for." First there was Vinalia, the wine opening holiday, but at an odd time of the year.