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Feast of twelve gods

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Octavian Augustus
Augustus | Photo: KhanAcademy

Octavian Augustus was to organize the so-called feast of the twelve gods, i.e. a feast where each guest was dressed as a deity. The emperor chose the figure of Apollo for himself. The people of Rome did not like it for two reasons – such games were considered to arouse the wrath of God, and second – there was a great famine in the city at the time. People even said that “the gods had eaten all the grain”.

  • Suetonius, Augustus, 70

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