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p339 Aedes Mentis

Article on p339 of

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


Mens, Aedes: (templum, Varro): a temple on the Capitol, probably within the area Capitolina, vowed by the praetor, T. Otacilius Crassus, in 217 B.C. after the defeat at Lake Trasimene, according to the instructions of the Sibylline books (Liv. XXII.9.10, 10.10; Ov. Fast. VI.241‑246), at the same time with the temple of Venus Erucina. In 215 both temples were dedicated by duoviri appointed for the purpose, that of Venus by Fabius Maximus, and that of Mens by Otacilius (Liv. XXIII.31.9, 32.20). The two temples were separated by an open drain (Liv. XXIII.31.9: uno canali discretae; cf. Serv. Georg. IV.265). The temple of Mens seems to have been restored by M. Aemilius Scaurus, consul in 115 B.C., either at that time (WR 313; RE I.587) or after his campaign against the Cimbri in 107 (Cic. de nat. deor. II.61; Plut. de fort. Rom. 5: (ἰερὸν ἱδρύσατο) τὸ τῆς Μέντις καλοθμλενης (Γνώμης ἂν νομίζοιτο) Σκαῦρος Αἰμίλιος, περὶ τὰ Κιμβρικὰ τοῖς χρόνοις γεγονώς; 10 (interpolated): ἔστι δὲ καὶ Γνώμης ἣ νὴ Δία Εὐβοθλίας νεὼς ἣν Μέντεμ καλοῦσιν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῦτο Σκαῦρος Αἰμίλιος . . . καθιέρωσεν). The day of dedication was 8th June (Ov. Fast. VI.247‑248; Fasti Tusc. Ven. Maff. CIL I2 pp216, 221, 222 319. See Jord. I.2.42; Gilb. III.101, 398‑399; Rosch. II.2798‑2799).


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