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  • adjective Of or relating to, or held in, the Circus Maximus of Ancient Rome.


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  • Prominent among these were the so-called Circensian Games, or Games of the

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • For he upon that speech burst out of that pit so deep, wherein he was wilfully plunged, and was blinded with its wretched pastimes; and he shook his mind with a strong self-command; whereupon all the filths of the Circensian pastimes flew off from him, nor came he again thither.

    The Confessions

  • Others imputed to him both a saying and an action which were indefensible; for, upon the loss of his fleets by storm, he is reported to have said: "I will conquer in spite of Neptune;" and at the next Circensian games, he would not suffer the statue of that God to be carried in procession as usual.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 02: Augustus

  • Circensian games; supposing it to be done in contempt of himself, and the expectation of a revolution in the government.

    De vita Caesarum

  • In the Circensian games, he assigned the equestrian order seats apart from the rest of the people, and had races performed by chariots drawn each by four camels.

    De vita Caesarum

  • He was likewise so fraudulent, that he not only cheated some silversmiths [560] of the price of goods he had bought of them, but, during his praetorship, defrauded the owners of chariots in the Circensian games of the prizes due to them for their victory.

    De vita Caesarum

  • To the four former parties in the Circensian games, he added two new, who were gold and scarlet.

    De vita Caesarum

  • In remembrance of all these circumstances, he afterwards erected a golden statue of him in the Palatium, and dedicated to him an equestrian statue of ivory; attending it in the Circensian procession, in which it is still carried to this day.

    De vita Caesarum

  • It is supposed that he was assisted in procuring this appointment by the interest of Titus Junius, a man of great influence at that time; whose friendship he had long before gained by favouring the same set of charioteers with him in the Circensian games.

    De vita Caesarum

  • In these, upon the day of the Circensian sports, in order to have a hundred races performed, he reduced each course from seven rounds to five.

    De vita Caesarum


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