were games instituted by Nero A.D.
60, in imitation of the Greek festivals, and celebrated like the Greek
at the end of every four
years; they consisted of musical, gymnastic, and equestrian contests, and
were called Neronia,
(Suet. Nero 12
; Tac. Ann. 14.20
; D. C.
.) Suetonius and Tacitus (ll. cc.
say that such games were first introduced at Rome by Nero. The Quinquennalia,
which had previously been instituted
both in honour of Julius Caesar (D. C. 44.6
of Augustus (Id. 51.19; Suet. Aug. 59
), were confined to the towns of Italy and
the provinces. The Quinquennalia of Nero appear not to have lasted long, but
they were revived by Gordian III. (Friedländer,
ii.5 436 f.;
iii.2 566.) For
the Agon Capitolinus
of Domitian, see LUDI
p. 85 b.