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Vātī^cānus (
I.i short, Hor. C. 1, 20, 7, but lengthened in Juv. and Mart.), a, um, adj. (sc. mons, collis), the Vatican Hill in Rome, on the western bank of the Tiber, Hor. C. 1, 20, 7; Juv. 6, 344; Fest. p. 379 Müll.; cf. Becker, Antiq. 1, p. 659 sq.; also plur., for the hill and the space around it: “montes Vaticani,Cic. Att. 13, 33, 4: “campus,id. ib.: “ager,id. Agr. 2, 35, 96: “vallis,between the Vatican and the Janiculum, Tac. A. 4, 14: “Circus,Plin. 16, 40, 76, § 201: Vaticana (sc. vina), Vatican wine (a very inferior sort), Mart. 6, 92, 3; 10, 45, 5; cf. “cadus,id. 1, 19, 2; 12, 48, 14.—Subst.: “in Vaticano,Plin. 8, 14, 14, § 37; 16, 44, 87, § 237; 18, 3, 4, § 20: Vaticanus, the divinity presiding over the Vatican, Varr. ap. Gell. 16, 17, 2; Aug. Civ. Dei, 4, 8, 12.
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