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  • Writer's pictureTammy Lowe

Interesting Fact of the Day...

Roses are timeless. I love their history as much as their blooms. So....that inspired your useless, but interesting, fact of the day:

I know Hercules gets all the attention, but in Roman mythology, Cupid was a super hot, awesome, fun-loving god. Seriously, he was the furthest thing from a flying baby Cherub. Anyhow, legend says he gave Harpocrates, the god of silence, a rose in exchange for keeping his mom’s indiscretions a secret. Cupid’s mom was of course, Venus, the goddess of love.

Because of this legend, many Ancient Romans painted roses on their dining room ceilings. It was a reminder that what is said at the table, “under the rose”, was to remain confidential. Kind of the ancient version of, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

The term “sub rosa“ is still used to this day. It means “secrecy, confidentiality, privately,” and is a literal translation of “under the rose“ in Latin.

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