Brill’s New Pauly

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I. Preface and general remarks

The Roman ludi (ludus: ‘game’) were festivals with a more or less strongly defined religious character. In so far as they were public, they were held on the occasion of celebrations of the Roman people, and the entire citizenry was invited to them (Cic. Har. resp. 26). Aside from the public games, there were private ones (organized by private persons), especially the ludi Funebres (funeral games), w…

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Freyburger, Gérard (Mulhouse), “Ludi”, 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 04 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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