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Quinquātrūs , ŭum, f., and Quin-quātrĭa , ōrum and ĭum, n. quinque, as falling on the fifth day after the ides; cf. Varr. L. L. 6, § 14 Müll.; Fest. p. 254 sq. ib.; Gell. 2, 21, 7,
I.a festival celebrated in honor of Minerva, the festival of Minerva (of these there were two, the greater, majores, held from the 19th to the 23d of March; and the lesser, minores or minusculae, on the 13th of June): Quinquatrus, hic dies unus, a nominis errore observatur proinde ac sint quinque. Dictus ut ab Tusculanis post diem sextum Idus similiter vocatur Sexatrus, et post diem septimum Septimatrus; “sic hic, quod erat post diem quintum Idus Quinquatrus,Varr. L. L. 6, § 14 Müll. This is described by Ov. F. 3, 809 sqq.; Plaut. Mil. 3, 1, 97: “Quinquatribus frequenti senatu causam tuam egi,Cic. Fam. 12, 25, 1: “pridie Quinquatrus,id. Att. 9, 13, 2: “Quinquatribus ultimis,Liv. 44, 20; Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 197.— “In the form Quinquatria: celebrabat et in Albano quotannis Quinquatria Minervae,Suet. Dom. 4: “sollemnia Quinquatrium,id. Ner. 34: nos Quinquatriis satis jucunde egimus, August. ap. Suet. Aug. 71; Ov. Am. 1, 8, 65.— “Of the lesser Quinquatrus: Quinquatrus minusculae dictae Juniae Idus ab similitudine majorum, quod tibicines tum feriati vagantur per urbem et conveniunt ad aedem Minervae,Varr. L. L. 6, § 17 Müll.; cf. Fest. p. 149 ib.: “et jam Quinquatrus jubeor narrare minores,Ov. F. 6, 651.
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