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J. Rasmus Brandt and Jon W. Iddeng

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.001.0001

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The Feriae Latinae

The Feriae Latinae

(p.267) 9 The Feriae Latinae
Greek and Roman Festivals

Christopher J. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter will focus on the Feriae Latinae in view of its problematic evidence and to indicate particular areas of difficulty, including the length and nature of the festival, and our ability to read a history of relations between Rome and Latium from the scattered surviving references. The Feriae Latinae were a movable festival (feriae conceptivae) presumably celebrated at least from the period of the decemvirate (as disclosed in the surviving Fasti) into the Augustan period and beyond. The ritual is allegedly a relic of the earliest phases of Latin religion, and possibly shows fluctuations in the relative power of Romans and Latins, but at the same time fits into certain patterns in relation to games and triumphs, which are replicated at Rome. The questions are to which extent the Feriae Latinae were genuinely a reflection of community at any point, and what were the meanings of the rites and their historical development.

Keywords:   community, games, latin religion, latium, meaning, movable festival, Rome, triumphs

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