septemviri epulones

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‘the Priesthood of Seven Diners’, the last addition to the major colleges of Roman priests. They were instituted by law in 196 bc and were then three in number, all apparently plebeians. Their first responsibility, from which they take their name, was the organization of the epulum Iovis, a great feast at the Ludi Romani, attended by the senate and people and presided over by the images of the Capitoline deities (see capitol). The number of priests increased from three to seven and later ten, though the seven remained their title.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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