Plebeian Games

Plebeian Games (Ludi Plebeii)

November 4-17
The Roman leader Flaminus is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 b.c.e. 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. The Games themselves took place from November 15-17 and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing and wrestling. The first nine days of the festival (November 4-12) were devoted to theatrical performances.
See also Apollonian Games; Ludi; Roman Games
FestRom-1981, p. 196
RomFest-1925, p. 252
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