festival celebrated with games every ten years by the Roman emperors. This
festival owed its origin to the fact that Augustus refused the supreme power
when offered to him for his life, and would only consent to accept it for
ten years; and when these expired, for another period of ten years, and so
on to the end of his life. The memory of this comedy, as Gibbon has happily
called it, was preserved to the last ages of the empire by the festival of
which was solemnised by
subsequent emperors every tenth year of their reign, although they had
received the imperium for life, and not for the limited period of ten years.
(D. C. 53.16
; Trebell. Poll. Salonin.
7. Cf. Eichstaedt, Opusc. Acad.