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p317 Loretum

Article on p317 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Loretum: an ancient grove of laurels on the Aventine (Dionys. III.43; Varro, LL V.152; Plin. NH XV.138), where Titus Tatius was said to have been buried (Varro, loc. cit.; Fest. 360). There were still trees here in the early empire (Serv. Aen. VIII.276), but the grove as such had probably made way for an open square out of which ran the two viciVicus Loreti Maioris and Vicus Loreti Minoris (Bas. Cap. reg. XIII (CIL VI.975) 319; Hemerol. Vall. ad Id. Aug.). The Loretum was near the Armilustrium (q.v.), on the north-western part of the Aventine (HJ 162: BC 1905, 215‑216; Gilb. II.236; CIL I2 p325).


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