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p668 Larentalia

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

LARENTA′LIA, sometimes written LARENTINA′LIA and LAURENTA′LIA, was a Roman festival in honour of Acca Larentia, the wife of Faustulus and the nurse of Romulus and Remus. It was celebrated in December on the 10th before the Calends of January (Festus, s.v.; Macrob. I.10; Ovid, Fast. III.57). The sacrifice in this festival was performed in the Velabrum at the place which led into the Nova Via, which was outside of the old city not far from the porta Romanula. At this place Acca was said to have been buried (Macrob. l.c.; Varr. de Ling. Lat. V.23, 24). This festival appears not to have been confined to Acca Larentia, but to have been sacred to all the Lares (Hartung, Die Religion der Römer, vol. II p146).


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