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ĕpŭlo , ōnis (also EPOLONUS, i, acc. to Paul. ex Fest. p. 78, 11 Müll.), m. epulum,
I.a guest at a feast or banquet, a feaster, carouser.
I. In gen. (mostly post-class.), Cic. Att. 2, 7, 3; App. M. 2, p. 123; 9, p. 235; Firm. Math. 5, 4 fin.—Far more freq.,
II. In partic.: Tresviri or Septemviri Epulones (in inscrr. also SEPTEMVIR and SEPTEMVIRI [VII. VIR.] EPVLONVM), a t. t. of relig. lang., a college of priests, composed at first of three and afterwards of seven persons, who superintended the sacrificial banquets to the gods, Cic. de Or. 3, 19 fin.; Gell. 1, 12, 6; cf. Plin. Ep. 2, 11, 12; Luc. 1, 602; Inscr. Orell. 590; 773; 2259 sq.; Calend. Praenest. Jan. (Orell. Inscr. 2, p. 382).—In sing.: Epulo, Enn. ap. Varr. L. L. 6, § 82 Müll. N. cr.: “Triumvir Epulo,Liv. 40, 42: “tres viri epulones,id. 33, 42, 1: “VII. VIRO. EPVLONI,Inscr. Orell. 2365.
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