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p338 Lucus et Aedes Mefitis

Article on p338 of

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


Mefitis, aedes, lucus: a temple and grove of Mefitis (Rosch. II.2519‑2521) on the Esquiline (Fest. 348: Cispium a Laevo Cispio Anagnino, qui . . . eam partem Esquiliarum, quae iacet ad vicum Patricium versus, in qua regione est aedes Mefitis, tuitus est; Varro V.49: (in Esquiliis) lucus Mefitis et Iunonis Lucinae quorum angusti fines). This site was probably just north of the temple of Juno Lucina, towards the Vicus Patricius (q.v.), that is, a little south-west of the present Piazza dell' Esquilino (HJ 333; WR 246). It is probably mentioned in one inscription of the time of Septimius Severus, which speaks of a '(h)ortulus super nymphis qui locus appellatur Memphi' (sic): see Eranos, 1924, 82‑85, and cf. Ad Nymphas.


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