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Ardĕa , ae, f. v. arduus, = Ἀρδέα,
I.the capital of the Rutuli, six leagues south of Rome; acc. to the myth, it was burned by Æneas, and from its ashes the heron (ardea) was produced, Ov. M. 14, 573; Verg A. 7, 411; cf. Serv. ad h. l.; Mann. Ital. I. 617; Müll. Roms Camp. 2, 296-312.—Hence, Derivv.,
A. Ardĕas , ātis, adj. (old nom. Ardeātis, like Arpinātis, Cato ap. Prisc. p. 629 P.), of or belonging to Ardea, Ardean: “in agro Ardeati,Cic. N. D. 3, 18, 47: “Ardeas templum,Plin. 35, 10, 37, § 115.— Hence, in the plur.: Ardeātes , ium, m., the inhabitants of Ardea, Liv. 5, 44; 4, 7.—
B. Ardĕātīnus , a, um, adj. (rare for Ardeas), Ardean: “praedium,Nep. Att. 14, 3 (Halm, Arretinum); absol., in Ardeatino (sc. agro), Sen. Ep. 105.
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