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Veturius Mamurius

A mythical personage, said in Roman legend to have been the armourer who made the eleven ancilia exactly like the one that was sent from heaven in the reign of Numa (Numa, 13). His praises formed one of the chief subjects of the songs of the Salii. The name is really equivalent to Mars Vetus—the ancient Mars. This “Old Mars” was represented by a man clothed in skins who was driven out of the city (Lyd. iv. 36) to symbolize the old season of wintry darkness driven out before the new spring year. Similar ceremonies to represent the driving out of winter have been observed in the folklore of other countries. See Salii.

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