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LORETUM

an ancient grove of laurels on the Aventine (Dionys. iii. 43; Varro, LL v. 152; Plin. NH xv. 138), where Titus Tatius was said to have been buried (Varro, loc. cit.; Fest. 360). There were still trees here in the early empire (Serv. Aen. viii. 276), but the grove as such had probably made way for an open square out of which ran the two vici- VICUS LORETI MAIORIS and VICUS LORETI MINORIS (Bas. Cap. reg. XIII (CIL vi. 975) 319; Hemerol. Vail. ad Id. Aug.). The Loretum was near the ARMILUSTRIUM (q.v.), on the north-western part of the Aventine (HJ 162: BC 1905, 215-216; Gilb. ii. 236; CIL i². p. 325).

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