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Daemon
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Plebeian Games

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, one of whose feast days was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. The festival lasted from November 4-17, and its first nine days were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
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Sounds like a totally male festival. I wonder what their women did while they were thus engaged...
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moniquester wrote:
Sounds like a totally male festival. I wonder what their women did while they were thus engaged...


Well since most of the games were in the nude I suppose they watched.
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I'd have been watching!
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Ludi Plebeii



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The Plebeian Games (November 4-17) honored Jupiter Optimus Maximus and were probably instituted by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC when he was censor. The games were the responsibility of the plebeian aediles. These games were probably held in commemoration of the reconciliation between the patricians and plebeians after the first secessio plebis to the Mons Sacer.

The first nine days of the festival were devoted to plays and other types of theater. Titus Maccius Plautus first presented his comedy Stichus at the Plebeian Games of 200 BC. However, until 145 BC, Roman theaters were all temporary structures, put up just before the peformances and taken down afterwards. Thus, the plays of Plautus and Terence were never performed in a permanent theater in the lifetime of the playwrights.

A feast of Jupiter (epulum Iovis) on November 13 was the central point in the Plebeian Games and divided the theatrical performances (ludi scaenici) from the circus games (ludi circenses). The banquet was organized by the euplones and attended by the magistrates and senators. It began with a sacrifice, perhaps of a white heifer, then a batch of mola salsa, which had been prepared by the Vestal Virgins earlier in the year, was offered. An image of Jupiter, dressed for the feast, presided over the banquet on a couch.

The last three days of the festival included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. Originally they may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, but later they likely were moved to the Circus Maximus. They probably opened with a pompa circensis similar to the procession to the Circus Maximus that was held in conjunction with the Ludi Romani as described by Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1276696
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I truly wish there were "games" like that today, not the Olympics' which has been corrupted by money but true amateurs competing just for the pure joy of the competition.
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