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Temples of Febris

 p206  Article on p206 of

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

Febris, templum: According to Valerius Maximus (II.5.6) there were three temples of Febris in Rome: (1) in area Marianorum Monumentorum (q.v.), of which the site is uncertain and nothing further is known (Jord. I.2.44‑45; Gilb. III.98‑99; RE VI.2095‑2096).

(2) at the highest point of the vicus Longus on the Quirinal (HJ 418; Gilb., RE locc. cit.).

(3) on the Palatine. Besides templum (Val. Max. loc. cit.; August. de civ. dei III.25; IV.15), this shrine was called aedes (Theodor. Priscian. III p250, Rose), fanum (Cic. de nat. deor. III.63; Sen. Apoc. 6; Plin. NH II.16), νεὼς καὶ βωμός (Ael. v. h. XII.11: οἱ Ῥωμαῖοι ὑπὸ τῷ λόφῳ τῷ Παλλαντίῳ πυρετοῦ καὶ νεὼν καὶ βωμὸν ἱδρύσαντο), and Cicero mentions (de leg. II.28) the 'ara vetusta in Palatio Febris,' and testifies to the antiquity of the cult. There is no doubt that these passages all refer to the temple on the Palatine, although some have no indication of site, but nothing more is known of the history of the structure or of its exact location (HJ 45; WR 245, 246; Gilb. III.62; RE VI.2095‑2096).

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