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23:5

I think I've done this before as part of a larger quiz. But since it's now doing the rounds as a meme in its own right:

Book snippet meme
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal, along with these instructions:

"The quindecemviri of sacred affairs declare: On the day before the Ides of June, we will give a beast-hunt [in... and begin games of the circus...]"

It is from an inscription recording the presentation of Ludi Saeculares by Augustus: super-special games in Rome which were held only once a century. The inscription is a bit damaged, hence the square brackets and dots at this point. Quindecemviri are just a board of fifteen men; the day before the Ides of June was what we call June 12th. This is actually line 163 of the original inscription: it's a damned long one.

The book was a sourcebook entitled The Roman Empire: Augustus to Hadrian edited by Robert
Sherk (1988).

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