A name given to a procession of barefooted matrons, as an obsecratio
in time of great drought (Tertull. De Ieiun.
; 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.