The coins of 20 B.C., stamped Mars
and Volkanus ultor
(Eckhel, 6.96), would seem
to point to these games being established after the recovery of the
standards from the Parthians; but the Fasti of the Augustan age do not
mention them. These games were abolished by Macrinus, but soon renewed,
owing to a religious feeling among the people that they ought to be
restored, which was confirmed by the burning of the amphitheatre (D. C. 78.25
). They were celebrated in the temple
of Vulcan outside the city (Plut. Quaest. Rom.
47=p. 276) on the 23rd of August (C. I. L.