The Ludi Plebeii were games (ludi) held annually by the ancient Romans in honor of King of the gods Iupiter, and the patron of the Plebeian Order, Ceres.
Like the Ludi Romani, the central point of these games is a Feast to Jupiter on the Ides. It also likely opened with a historical procession similar to that of the Ludi Romani but also involving a sacrifice at the Temple of Ceres on the Aventine hill, the ceremonial heart of the Plebeians in Rome. Historically the first Circus Games occurred on the 15th. The first nine days (4 – 12) were dedicated to theatre performances and the last three (15 – 17) to races.
This festival always focused upon celebrating the plebeian political liberty and Roman social unity after the conflict of orders 500 BCE to 287 BCE. Over time this festival became a general celebration of Roman citizenship and Roman unity.
The modern Roman Republic has reinstituted these games in the form of a festival celebrated both online and offline. Join us to celebrate the past, present, and tomorrow!
Learn more about this historical Ludi Plebeii here.