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p211 Carmentalia

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

CARMENTALIA, an old Roman festival celebrated every year in honour of the nymph Carmenta or Carmentis, for an account of whom see Dict. of Biog. s.v. Camenae. This festival was celebrated annually on the 11th and the 15th of January, and no other particulars of it are recorded except that Carmenta was invoked in it as Postvorta and Antevorta, epithets which had reference to her power of looking back into the past and forward into the future. The festival was chiefly observed by women (Ov. Fast. I.634; Macrob. Sat. I.7; Gell. XVI.16; Serv. ad Virg. Aen. VIII.339; Hartung, Die Religion der Römer, vol. II p199).


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