The Roman Festivals of the Period of the Republic: An Introduction to the Study of the Religion of the Romans

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MENSIS NOVEMBER.

OF all the months in the Roman year November is the least important from a religious point of view. It was the month of ploughing and sowing--not of holiday-time1; then, as now, it was a quiet month, and in the calendars, with the exception of the ludi plebeii, not a festival appears of any importance. Later on, the worship of Isis gained a hold upon the month2, which remained open to intruders long after city-life had taken the place of November agricultural operations.

The ludi plebeii, as a public festival, date from 220 B. C.; they took place in the Circus Flaminius, which was built in that year3; they and the epulum Iovis (Nov. 13) are first mentioned by Livy four years later. The epulum has already been discussed in connexion with the ludi Romani. The plebeian games were probably at first on a single day (Nov. 13), and were gradually extended, like the ludi Romani; finally, they lasted from NOV. 4 to Nov. 174.

The 8th was one of the three days on which the mundus was open: see under Oct. 5.


ID. Nov. (Nov. 13). N + P.

FERONIAE IN CAMPO5. (ARV., a later addition to the original.) FORTUNAE PRIMIGENIAE IN COLLE. (ARV., a later addition to the original.)

This is the only mention we have of Feronia in Rome. She was a goddess of renown in Latium and central Italy, but

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1
Rustic calendars: 'Sementes triticariae et hordiar[iae].' Varro, R. R. 1. 34.
2
Mommsen in C. I. L. i.2333.
3
Friedländer in Marq.499; Liv. 23. 30.
4
See the table in C. I. L. i.2335.
5
Probably these notes belong to the Ides. In the Arval calendar the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • ABBREVIATIONS. xii
  • Mensis Martius. 33
  • Mensis Aprilis. 66
  • Mensis Maius. 98
  • Mensis Iunius. 129
  • Mensis Quinctilis. 173
  • Mensis Sextilis. 189
  • Mensis September. 215
  • Mensis October. 236
  • Mensis November. 252
  • Mensis December 255
  • Mensis Ianuarius. 277
  • Mensis Februarius 298
  • Conclusion 332
  • NOTES ON TWO COINS. 350
  • INDEX OF SUBJECTS 353
  • INDEX OF LATIN WORDS 364
  • INDEX OF LATIN AUTHORS QUOTED 366
  • INDEX OF GREEK AUTHORS QOUTED 372
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