Yesterday was the 2000th anniversary of the death of the emperor Augustus, who died on 19 August AD 14 (which given the calendar shift between, of course, isnt exactly 2000 years -- but never mind). I had been hoping to go to a party and consume my first dormouse, but as it happens was too feeble... and too feeble to post about it on the day itself.
All in all, now that I catch up, the day was marked by rather little celebration in the media so far as I can see, There was a nice little piece about Augustus' jokes on the Today programme, and I believe they had done a feature the day before....you can always trust the Today programme to note the right classical dates . The jokes feature is at the very end of the programme here.
Otherwise things were rather muted. Most papers went for the monuments of Augustus that you could (or could not) see in Rome. There was, on one side, lamentation in the Guardian that there was so little opportunity to visit Augustus' Mausoleum, and what a dreadful state it was in anyway. On the other the Art Newspaper hailed the news that the cash had apparently been found for its restoration.
There were however some nice side glances at differences of ideology. Take, for example, what the Investors' Business Daily had to say . . .