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Title: Epulones  
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Subject: Flamen, College of Pontiffs, Pyramid of Cestius, Glossary of ancient Roman religion, Ara Pacis
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The epulones formed one of the four great religious corporations (quattuor amplissima collegia) of ancient Roman priests. The two most important colleges were the College of Pontiffs and the augurs; the fourth was the quindecimviri sacris faciundis. The epulones arranged feasts and public banquets at festivals and games (ludi), duties that had originally belonged to the pontiffs.[1]

Initially there were three epulones, but later their number was increased to seven; hence they were also known as the septemviri epulonum, "seven men of the epulones."

  • Lacus Curtius website: Epulones from William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.
  • Roman Magistrates
  • religio Romana: Patera
  • Epulones

External links

  1. ^ Andrew Lintott (1 April 1999). The Constitution of the Roman Republic. Clarendon Press. pp. 184–.  
  2. ^ , page 221Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
  3. ^ Religion


The patera was the sacred bowl used by the epulones. It was shallow with a raised center, so that when held in the palm, the thumb may be placed on the raised center without profaning the libation as it is poured into the focus, or sacred fire. The patera was the special emblem of the epulones. The paten used today by Roman Catholic priests, omits the raised center.

Goddess (Vesta or Concordia), extending a patera, emblem of the Epulones


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