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statues of the three Fates on the north side of the Rostra, close to the Curia (Procop. BG i. 25. 9). They were said to have been set up by Tarquinius Priscus, and two of them were restored in the Augustan period (Plin. NH xxxiv. 22, 29). When the name, tria Fata, first came into use is not known, but its first occurrence is in 250 A.D. (Cyprian, Epist. 21, Hartel 231), where it means that part of the forum about the curia. This usage continued and is found in several later documents (Procop. loc. cit.; S. Adriano in tribus fatis 1 vit. Honor. 6, LPD i. 34; vit. Stephani III. I, LPD i. 471: aggregans in tribus fatis sacerdotes; ib. i. 501, 508; Jord. i. 2, 258, 349; ii. 482; Thedenat 21, 69, 101; HC 26, 28, 136; cf. also RE vi. 2050; Rosch. v. 1099 and reff.).

1 Cf. HCh xcvii., 260; SS. Cosma e Damiano and S. Martina also had the same name (ib. 242, 381).

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