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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. p. 29) ; CIL vi. 9974, 10022, 33870; BC 1905, 207; Gilb. i. 176; HJ 660; Rosch. ii. 2034-2035).

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