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Author Rantala, Jussi.

Title The Ludi Saeculares of Septimius Severus: The Ideologies of a New Roman Empire
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Taylor and Francis Ltd : Routledge, 2017
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Contents The Ludi Saeculares of Septimius Severus- Front Cover; The Ludi Saeculares of Septimius Severus; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Introduction; The task; The evidence; Severus, the ludi and the studies; Chapter 2: From the Antonine era to the Severan dynasty; Chapter 3: Organising the Ludi Saeculares; Towards the new era; Funding the festivals; Purifying the holy grounds; Chapter 4: The opening night and day; The rituals of the first night; Rites of the opening day: the god and his servant
Chapter 5: Day two: women take the stageThe second night: a prelude?; The second day: celebrating Juno; Chapter 6: The third night and day: the empire of the sun and the moon; A night of abundance; The third day: final sacrifices; Chapter 7: The closing acts: the Carmen Saeculare and the Trojan Games; A hymn for the Golden Age; The Trojan Games; Chapter 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
Summary "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. 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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Severus, Lucius Septimius, Emperor of Rome, 146-211 -- Influence.
Severus, Lucius Septimius, Emperor of Rome, 146-211 -- Political and social views.
Severus, Lucius Septimius, Emperor of Rome, 146-211.
Games -- Political aspects -- Rome -- History
Group identity -- Rome -- History
Imperialism -- Philosophy -- History
Power (Social sciences) -- Rome -- History
Ritual -- Political aspects -- Rome -- History
Secular games -- History
Social change -- Rome -- History
Group identity.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Rome.
Imperialism -- Philosophy.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Political and social views.
Power (Social sciences)
Ritual -- Political aspects.
Secular games.
Social change.
Rome -- History -- Severans, 193-235.
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315266539