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Source: Mythology The Gods,SATURN was originally one of the Numina, the Protector of the Sowers and the Seed, and his wife OPS was a Harvest Helper. In later days, he was said to be the same as the Greek Cronus and the father of Jupiter, The Roman Zeus. In this way he became a personality and a number of stories were told about him. In memory of the Golden Age, when he reigned in Italy, the great feast of the Saturnalia was held every year during the winter. The idea of it was that the Golden age returned to the earth during the days it lasted. No war could be then declared; slaves and masters ate at the same table; executions were postponed; it was a season for giving presents; it kept alive in men's minds the idea of equality, of a time when all were on the same level.
I have checked the dictionaries but I am confused about the meaning of the "executions" in my text.
Does it refer to "killing" or "doing common works"?
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