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LUDI VICTO´RIAE CAE´SARIS or VE´NERIS GENETRI´CIS. These were first celebrated in 46 B.C. by Julius Caesar on the dedication of the temple of Venus Genetrix, voted at the battle of Pharsalia, which took place on Sept. 24 (C. I. L. 1.397); but they appear in the Calendars as being celebrated in July, from the 20th to the 30th. This is due to the introduction of the Julian Calendar, according to which July 23, 24 would correspond to Sept. 24, 25 (C. I. L. l.c.). They are called Ludi Victoriae Caesaris by the Fasti Maffeiani and Amiternini, by Matius Calvena in Cicero, Cic. Fam. 11.28, 6, and Suet. Aug. 10; but Ludi Veneris Genetricis by App. BC 3.28, Plin. Nat. 2.93, Senec. Quaest. Nat. 7.17, D. C. 49.42. But Victoria was identified with Venus Genetrix (Varro, L. L. 5.62; Gel. 10.1, 7; Preller, Röm. Myth. 389, 707; Mommsen in C. I. L. 1.397). These games were [p. 2.94]administered by a special collegium (Suet. l.c.; Plin. l.c.; Jul. Obseq. 68 [128]).


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    • Cicero, Letters to his Friends, 11.28
    • Cicero, Letters to his Friends, 11.6
    • Appian, Civil Wars, 3.4.28
    • Suetonius, Divus Augustus, 10
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 2.93
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 10.1
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 10.7
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