LUNA NOCTILUCA, TEMPLUM
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.
. 38: rite crescentem face Noctilucam
; Macrob. iii. 8
. 3: alma
). Whether the relation between epithet and illumination was
that of cause or consequence, is uncertain.