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Iovis epulum
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[German version]

Banquet in honour of  Jupiter (also included were Juno and Minerva: Val. Max. 2,1,2) on the Ides of November during the  Ludi plebeii, both events hosted by the plebeian aediles (see esp. Liv. 30,39,8). Imperial calendars [1] attest a Iovis epulum for the  Ludi Romani on the Ides of September.

At this festival, the senators assembled on the Capitol for a banquet. This bonding ritual (Gell. NA 12,8,2) could not be carried out in case of extreme conflict (Cass. Dio 39,30,4). It is comparable to the Daps banquet for Jupiter celebrated domestically prior to sowing mill…

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Baudy, Gerhard (Constance), “Iovis epulum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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