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Date(s) - 04/11/2019 - 17/11/2019
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These Games were established in 220 BCE when C. Flaminius was censor and built the Circus Flaminius in which they may have been held before probably being transferred to the Circus Maximus. These games are second in importance only to the Ludi Romani, to which in a sense they are a counterpart.

These games were administered by the plebeian aediles. Like the Romani, the central point of these games are a Feast to Jupiter on the Ides, the Equorum probatio on the 14th and the first Circus Games on the 15th. Historically the first nine days (4 – 12) were given to theatre performances and the last three (15 – 17) to Circus Games. The games also celebrated plebeian political liberty and Roman social unity after the conflict of orders 500 BCE to 287 BCE.

The Plebeii and Romani appear to have been similar, and it is probable that the games started and ended in a grand procession like the Ludi Romani but with possible distinct plebeian differences, such as the Plebeian Tribunes and Aediles leading the parade with the Flamen Dialis and Cerialis. A likely starting point of such a procession would have been the Temple of Ceres on the Aventine hill, where a sacrifice to Ceres, Liber and Liberia could have occurred. This temple served as the headquarters of Plebeian magistrates. Such a procession likely then proceeded to the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline where another sacrifice would have been made, possibly meeting up alongside the other major magistrates of Rome such as the Consuls.

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