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a shrine on the Palatine which was illuminated at night (Varro v. 68: Luna vel quod sola lucet noctu itaque ea dicta Noctiluca in Palatio, nam ibi noctu lucet templum; cf. Hor. Carm. iv. 6. 38: rite crescentem face Noctilucam; Macrob. iii. 8. 3: alma Noctiluca). Whether the relation between epithet and illumination was that of cause or consequence, is uncertain.

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