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April 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm #954
Ludi Florae in honor of Flora started today.
To help celebrate I will be hosting a poetry contest for the ludi.
The prize will be:
A museum quality replica of a denarius depicting emperor Antoninus Pius. The original denarius was issued to commemorate Munificentia the spirit of imperial generosity at the occasion of the celebration of Rome’s 900th anniversary in 147-148 AD with extensive shows in the arena of the Amphitheatrum Flavium. Below is an image of the coin:
In addition to this prize, I will award 50 of my own Roman Republic denarii to the victor.
The victor will also have the following badge added to their citizenship profile:
The poem must relate to any of the following themes: Flora, Rebirth, Spring, Cultus Deorum, and/or Flowers. The poem should also be associated with Rome and the Roman Republic.
Each contestant may submit up to two poems.
All submissions must be received May 3rd, the winner will be announced soon after this date.
The contest is to be judged by our Praetores, Victor and Philo. 20 points will be awarded based on artistic merit and 10 points based on reflection of the theme.
I look forward to reading your poetry!
P. Iunius BrutusApril 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm #4415
I am excited to be a part of this ^^ In the spirit of the occasion:
I ask the muses that they may
lay bare the doors of blessed May
with poetry and songs to say
For Flora’s smile and brightened day
Good luck to all! ^^May 2, 2016 at 8:03 am #4502
This is a reminder to submit your poetry by the end of May 3rd!
50 Roman Republic denarii and a replica ancient denarii mailed to your address are the prizes provided!
BrutusMay 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm #4507
Okay, so here is my entry for the poetry contest:
Lupins, Lentils & Beans
By L. Vitellius Triarius
On the occasion of the Floralia,
a.d. VI Non. Mai. T. Flavio P. Iunio cos. MMDCCLXIX a.u.c.
New days, spring rains,
Plants burst forth in bloom
Dispelling the darkness
From Winter’s dark gloom.
Floralia or Florifertum
Call it what you may,
Romans gather together
For games, fun and gay.
With bright colored clothing
And wreaths in our hair,
We honor you now
With the Floralia fair.
Six days, we celebrate
The end of the Spring
With sacrifices of lupins
And lentils and beans.
O divine Flora,
Rome’s Great Mother of Spring,
We honor such rebirth
As your season doth bring.
For Your kind blessings
We humbly ask,
With flowers abundant
To hasten the task.
Great garlands we hang
From the windows and doors
And scatter the petals
On all of our floors.
As Summer approaches
And hardens the plants,
We beseech you, O Flora,
With song and with dance.
A Triumph for Spring!
Fruits of your gardens
To your altars do bring!
Arise, yea cultores, and
Offer to the Spring Queen
Your lupins and lentils
and even your beans.
TriariusMay 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm #4508
Here is my two entries for the poetry contest!
On the topic of rebirth/spring
On the breath of Aquilon did winter arrive
A lapse from life, beautiful death that did thrive
By the wind of Favonius, as warm as a caress
Did Flora come forth, with her beauty to bless
Where once stood still life, has been reborn once more
May Flora stay long, until Auster bring us to autumn’s door
On the topic of Roman History/Flora
Minerva, born from Jupiter’s head
Caused strife by the way she was bred
And so Juno, in all her anger and frustration
Took to console her pain by the salt of the ocean
But along the way did she find an old friend
Flora who had a way to put this pain to an end
A magic flower, one of the truest fertility
To bring into this world, a child of possibility
This is how came to be the story of Mars
The father of Romulus , the divine father of Rome
L. Aurelius CurioMay 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm #4510
Excellent works, Curio, excellent works!
Okay everyone, get those creative juices flowing and get those creative minds and fingers working! Time is at hand. The deadline is tomorrow! I know some of you out there are great poets. If you have never posted to the forum, then this is a good opportunity to do so.
Besides, Victor and Philo need something "creative" to do, since they are boggled down with administrative tasks now, LOL!
I keep throwing flowers, beans and lentils at them, but they just keep bouncing off the screen…bummer…May 3, 2016 at 9:03 pm #4533
Here is my humble entry…
With little here to do or see
Of things that in the great world be,
Flora! again I talk to thee,
Thou unassuming Common-place
Of Nature, with that godly face,
And yet with something of a grace,
Which Love makes for thee!
I sit, and play with similes,
Loose types of things through all degrees,
Thoughts of thy rising:
And many a fond and idle name
I give to thee, for praise,
As is the humour of the game,
While I am gazing at your works.
A nun demure of lowly port;
Or sprightly maiden, of Love’s court,
In thy simplicity the sport
Of all temptations;
A queen in crown of rubies dearest;
A starveling in a scanty vest;
Are all, as seems to suit you best,
Beautiful, bountiful, Flora
Here I wander in May
First, cold, grey-headed; and still to my heart
Now spring comes with a bound,
Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses;
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity;
O Flora, happy are children!
Flora you smile on their innocence,
Dear Goddess of fostering violets,
You fill the Earth full of your scents, like resonant voices and violins:
You wake old chords of memory;
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal
Fills new life with an ecstasy!
Bright ‘Flower’! for by that name you are called,
When all my reveries are past,
I call thee, and to that cleave fast,
Sweet silent Goddess!
That breath’st in sun and air,
Do thou, as thou art wont, repair
My heart with gladness, and a share
Of thy meek and glorious nature!
O’ Flora, Flora I call and beseech thee!May 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm #4579
The responses form the judges have arrived! A special thank you to our praetores, Victor and Philo for judging this competition!
The victor of the first Ludi Florae is Marcus Livius Horatius! Congratulations!
I will be transferring 50 denarii into your account. Could you also please PM me a mailing address where I can send you the replica coin? Your account profile will also receive the Ludi Florae victors badge!
A big thank you to this who submitted an entry. I hope to see similar or greater participation at the next Ludi games organized by our aediles and praetores!
BrutusMay 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm #4595
Congrats to Marcus Livius Horatius! Excellent work!May 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm #4600
Congratulations to M. Livius Horatius! You do the Whites honor!May 8, 2016 at 5:59 am #4630
I’m deeply thankful!
From the winnings I will donate 20 denarii to the Whites! Our faction will invest these funds towards promoting further participation in the next Ludi!May 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm #4645
My conratulations Marcus Livius Horatius, and best wishes on your award, The work was very well done!
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