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This desire for colossal effects was apparent in the Roman games. Seneca says that in Nero's time, the chorus was more numerous than formerly the whole audience. Hosts of trumpeters, flute-players, etc., crowded the stage. It is also well illustrated in the splendor of the Triumph.
Triumphs were of two kinds, the lesser of which was called Ovatio, and was decreed for unimpor­tant or easily-gained victories.
The grand Triumph (for important victories) was the highest military honor that could be bestowed.
When it had been decreed by the Senate, the victorious General entered Rome by the triumphal gate, where he was met by a procession of the entire Senate; here he gave an oration in praise of the valor of his army, and entering his triumphal chariot, the procession began. The order was as follows: —
Musicians, singing and playing. These were chiefly trumpeters, and the singers chanted triumphal songs.
The Senate and Magistrates.
The animals for the sacrifice, usually oxen, with their horns gilt, and decked with garlands, accompanied by the priests.
Music, flute players, to assist at the sacrificial rites.
Wagons, fillet with statues, plate, armor, ensigns, etc., the spoil captured from the enemy.
The tribute from various countries, usually golden crowns, or ornaments sent to grace tho occasion.

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