Rome birthday 2021 MMDCCLXXIV Dies Romana

Rome birthday. On April 21, 753 BC Romulus is said to have founded the city. With this date the chronology of the city begins and thus in the year 2021 (in Roman numerals MMXXI) we have the year 2774 (MMDCCLXXIV) since the foundation of Rome.

The date was calculated by the astrologer Tarunzio, a friend of Cicero, shortly before the turn of the Christian era.

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Events for Rome’s birthday

The Gruppo Storico Romano organizes exhibitions, events and a parade every year at the Circus Maximus on the founding day of Rome.

Historical groups from around the world take part.

As last year, the event can not take place as usual due to the coronavirus.

There will therefore be a broadcast from the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia on Sunday April 18, 2021, which you can follow live on Facebook. Gruppo Storico Romano on Facebook>

Events from previous years

Usually the group sets up a camp at the Circus Maximus. There are various events and exhibitions there.


Castrum at the Circus Maximus with exhibitions on the subjects of cuisine, medicine, religion, school, the life of women and the military in ancient Rome.

School groups can take part in introductions to the gladiator school.


Rome birthday Circus Maximus
At the Circus Maximus

Congress on Gaius Julius Caesar “AVT CAESAR AVT NVLLVS”

Performances by historical groups with gladiator games, dances and theater


Rome Birthday Dance of the Vestal Virgins
Dance scene

Meeting with writers

Performances by historical groups with gladiator games, dances and theater

HARPASTUM – Roman football


Rome birthday move
Detail of the move

COMMISSIO FERIARUM – Speech of the patron

Welcome by the President


Concert of the music band

Group demonstrations


8 thoughts on “Rome birthday 2021 MMDCCLXXIV Dies Romana”

  1. I will be in Rome on April 20th and the 21st 2019.I am interested in viewing a parade.I need help finding time and location of events.

    • Hi Steven, the parade is on Monday 22 but 20 and 21 are several shows at the Circus Maximus. The rite on Sunday 21 at the fori imperiali starting 10 am shall be interesting too.
      Here you find information about April in Rome.

  2. Hello, 2 Qs:
    All dates here are for 2019 right (as I see some of the comments are from 2018..)?
    Also, do you know when are the fireworks show in the Colosseum?
    Thank in advance.

    • Hi Yaron,
      yes, all information is updated to 2019.
      I have no evidence about fireworks at the Colosseum. Fireworks shall be June 29 on the Pincio above Piazza del Popolo.
      On New Years Eve there were fireworks on the Palatine Hill. I took some picture and posted them on our Facebook Page.

  3. Does anybody know how you get to take part in the costumed parade procession ?

    Can you just turn up and join in ?

    Thanks for any help.


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