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A name given to a procession of barefooted matrons, as an obsecratio, in time of great drought (Tertull. De Ieiun. 16; Apol. 40; Petron. Sat. 44). The magistrates laid aside their insignia, the fasces were reversed, and a sacrifice was offered at the Temple of Iupiter, the pontifices bearing at the head of the procession a sacred stone called the lapis manalis, from the Temple of Mars outside the Porta Capena ( Non. p. 547; Fest. pp. 2.128; Marquardt, Staatsverw. iii. 261).

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