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Collecting all the individual lucus entries on pp317‑319 of

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

Lucus Albionarum: a grove somewhere on the right bank of the Tiber, consecrated to the Albionae (Fest. 4: Albiona ager trans Tiberim dicitur a luco Albionarum quo loco bos alba sacrificabatur), who were probably connected with the protection of the fields (RE I.1316; Roscher I.223; HJ 626; Wissowa, Rel. 245).

Lucus (Asyli): see Inter duos Lucos.

Lucus Bellonae: see Bellona Pulvinensis.

Lucus Camenarum: see Camenae.

Lucus Deae Diae: see Dea Dia.

Lucus Egeriae: see Camenae.

Lucus Esquilinus: an ancient grove on the mons Oppius (Varro, LL. V.50). Originally it probably covered much of the eastern part of this hill as far as the line of the Servian wall, but it must have mostly disappeared by the time of Varro (BC 1905, 201‑202).

Lucus Fagutalis: see Fagutal.

Lucus Feroniae: a grove, probably adjacent to the shrine of Feronia (q.v.) in the campus Martius, which is known only from one inscription found in 1905 (NS 1905, 15; HJ 483).

Lucus Furrinae: see separate page.

 p319  Lucus Iunonis Lucinae: see Iuno Lucina.

Lucus Libitinae: a grove sacred to Venus Libitina, probably on the Esquiline, near the porta Esquilina and the early necropolis. This was the headquarters of the undertakers (Libitinarii), and here lists of the dead were kept and all provision made for funerals (Dionys. IV.15; Fest.265; Plut. q. Rom. 23; Numa 12; Obseq. 12; Asc. in Mil. 34 (Kiessl. p29); CIL VI.9974, 10022, 33870; BC 1905, 207; Gilb. I.176; HJ 660; Rosch. II.2034‑2035).

Lucus Martis: a grove on the via Appia (Schol. Iuv. I.7: lucus Martis qui Romae est in Appia via in quo solebant recitare poetae; cf. HJ 208), probably besides the temple of Mars (q.v.).

Lucus Mefitis: see Mefitis.

Lucus Mustellinus: see Murus Mustellinus.

Lucus Petelinus: a grove outside the porta Flumentana, where the comitia assembled to try M. Manlius, in order that the people might not be able to see the Capitoline during the trial (Liv. VI.20; Plut. Camil. 36). It is mentioned again (Liv. VII.41) under date of 342 B.C. (BC 1905, 22).

Lucus Pisonis: see Domus Luciniana.

Lucus Poetelius: an ancient grove on the Cispius, mentioned only in connection with the Argei (Varro, LL V.50; BC 1905, 202).

Lucus Stimulae: a grove sacred to Stimula, a deity who seems afterwards to have been confused with Semele​1 (Ov. Fast. VI.503: lucus erat dubium Semelae Stimulaeve; CIL VI.9897: ab luco Semeles; Rosch. II.226‑227). The grove was the scene of the Bacchanalian orgies in 186 B.C., and lay near the Tiber and the Aventine (Liv. XXXIX.12, 13; Ov. Fast. VI.518; Schol. Iuv. 2.3), probably near the foot of the south-west slope of the hill.

Lucus Streniae: see Sacellum Streniae.

Lucus Vestae: see Atrium Vestae.

The Authors' Note:

1 Livy gives the form Similae.

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