During the winter months, rams and ewes of all ages congregate at the Cleman Mountain feeding station. In the spring, the older rams separate into bachelor groups. Also in spring, the young rams (1-1/2 to 3 years of age) remain close, although separated, from the ewes and lambs. Once the lambs are born, these young rams become castoffs. The herd now will consist of the ewes, newborns, and the previous year's offspring. Mature rams do not rejoin the herd until the breeding season in early November. As winter sets in, the sheep seek sun-warmed, lower elevation, southern-facing slopes where snow accumulation is lightest.
During the Italian Renaissance , a group of humanists affiliated with the Roman Academy formed a sodality to pursue antiquarian interests, celebrating the "birthday of Rome" annually on April 20. In 1468, the Academy was suppressed by Pope Paul II for fomenting "republicanism, paganism , and conspiracy", but the sodality was reinstated about ten years later under Sixtus IV as the Societas Literatorum S. Victoris in Esquiliis ("Literary Society of Saint Victor on the Esquiline "). The reformed group placed itself under the new patronage of saints Victor, Fortunatus , and Genesius , "whose feast day was conveniently proven to coincide with the Palilia ". Their "Palilia" was organized by Pomponio Leto and featured speeches, a communal meal, and a poetry competition.