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The Ludi Saeculares of Septimius Severus
The Ideologies of a New Roman Empire





ISBN 9781138290143
Published March 21, 2017 by Routledge
206 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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This is the first monograph to examine in detail the Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) of Septimius Severus and argues that the games represented a radical shift from Antonine imperial ideology. To garner popular support and to legitimise his power, Severus conducted an intensive propaganda campaign, but how did he use the ludi to strengthen his power, and what were the messages he conveyed through them? The central theme is ritual, and the idea of ritual as a process that builds collective identity. The games symbolised the new Severan political and social vision and they embodied the idea of Roman identity and the image of Roman society which the emperor wished to promote. The programme of the games was recorded in a stone inscription and this text is analysed in detail, translated into English and contextualised in the socio-political aims of Septimius Severus.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction



The Task



The Evidence



The Inscription



Severan Literature



Numismatic Evidence



Severus, the Ludi and the Studies



The Ludi Saeculares



The Severan period





2. From the Antonine Era to the Severan Dynasty





3. Organising the Ludi Saeculares



Towards the New Era



Funding the Festivals



Purifying the Holy Grounds





4. The Opening Night and Day



The Rituals of the First Night



A Quest for a Happy Destiny



The Witness of the Vestals



Pacifying the Gods



Rites of the Opening Day: The God and his Servant



The Father(s) of Rome



Divine Severus?





5. Day Two: Women take the Stage



The Second Night: A Prelude?



The Second Day: Celebrating Juno



Mother(s) of the Golden Age



Imperial Concordia



The Vestals stand Still



Honouring the New Age





6. The Third Night and Day: The Empire of the Sun and the Moon



A Night of Abundance



The Goddess of Cultivation



Food and Imperial Paternalism



Guardians of Storage



The Third Day: Final Sacrifices



Apollo, the God of many Roles



Diana, the Goddess of many Roles



Written in the Stars





7. Closing Acts: The Carmen Saeculare and the Trojan Games



A Hymn for the Golden Age



The Severan Poem and its Performers



The New Leaders of the Commonwealth



Cities, Shores, and Golden Fields



Blessings for the Army



The Trojan Games





8. Conclusion





Appendix 1: The Inscription commemorating Septimius Severus’ Ludi Saeculares





Appendix 2: Records of the Severan Ludi Saeculares





Appendix 3: The Rituals of the Ludi Saeculares of CE 204





Appendix 4: The History of the Ludi Saeculares

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Biography

Jussi Rantala is a researcher at the University of Tampere, Finland. His main research interests include questions of religion, ritual, representation, identity and historiography in the Roman Empire.