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p471 Equiria

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

EQUI′RIA, horse-races, which are said to have been instituted by Romulus in honour of Mars, and were celebrated in the Campus Martius (Festus, s.v.; Varro, de Ling. Lat. VI.13, Müller). There were two festivals of this name; of which one was celebrated a. d. III. Cal. Mart., and the other prid. Id. Mart. (Ovid, Fast. II.859, II.519). If the Campus Martius was overflowed by the Tiber, the races took place on a part of the Mons Coelius, which was called from that circumstance the Martialis Campus (Festus, s.v. Mart. Campus).


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