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Ludi Cereales – The Preparation

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Plays
were
performed
in republican Rome
at ludi.
That is
– Ludi –
celebratory
festivals
or
games.

Ludi glorified gods:
Jupiter (for example)
or wealthy citizens,
sometimes
politicians
who wanted to
proclaim
special occasions:
funerals
or triumphal entries
(don’t ask!)

The gladiators came out,
animals were baited,
acrobats did their thing
in an eclipse of literary drama.
Fescennine verses
were staged
– fescennina carmina –
Italian poetry,
the harbinger of
satire and
comic drama (oh yeah!)

Ludi Cereales,
a fertility celebration
of spring,
honours Ceres,
goddess of the fields,
goddess of grains.
for eight days only!
Symbolic ritual demands
the release of foxes
with flaming brands
on tails (poor things).

We’ll have
no cruelty
to foxes
here,
but offer
milk,
honey,
wine,
after you’ve taken them
thrice
around the field.

Polly Robinson © 2012

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2 thoughts on “Ludi Cereales – The Preparation

  1. Neat poem about an interesting era.
    Even the preparation sounds fun!

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    • It happened last night – will post about it later – we had to bring it indoors rather than being around a campfire as originally planned. The weather was so poor all day yesterday we had rain, hail, thunder, beautiful blue skies, talk about unpredictable! And when the sound equipment is borrowed …

      Ludi Cereales was great fun, and we raised nearly £200 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign. :)

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