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MERCURIUS, AEDES (templum, Ovid): a temple dedicated in 495 B.C. by a centurion, M. Plaetorius, to whom the people had given this honour (Liv. ii. 21. 7, 27. 5-6; Val. Max. ix. 3. 6). It was on the slope of the Aventine, above and facing the circus Maximus (Ov. Fast. v. 669; Apul. Met. vi. 8; Not. Reg. XI; cf. Mirabilia 28; Jord. ii. 641), near its south-east end. ( It was dedicated on the Ides of May, which afterwards became a festival of the mercatores (Liv. ii. 21. 7; Ov. Fast. v. 670; Fest. 148; Mart. xii. 67. i ; Fasti Caer. Tusc. Ven. Philoc. ad Id. Mai, CIL i². p. 213, 216, 221, 264, 318; Fast. Ant. ap. NS 1921, 96). Maia seems also to have shared this temple with her son (Macrob. Sat. i. 12. 19; Lydus, de mens. iv. 52-53; Mart. vii. 74. 5; Fast. Caer. loc. cit.). This temple may perhaps be represented on a coin of Marcus Aurelius (Cohen, Marc. Aur. 534; Baumeister, Denkmaler 1495 =Richter 180. ; Rosch. ii. 2803), with a podium of three steps, on which stand four herms in pl