a festival of Neptune, celebrated at
Rome (Varr. L. L.
6.19). The day on which it was held was the
23rd of July. In the ancient calendaria this day is marked as Nept.
ludi et feriae,
or Nept. ludi,
from which we see
that the festival was celebrated with games. Respecting the ceremonies of
this festival, nothing is known, except that the people used to build huts
of branches and foliage (umbrae,
Fest. s. v.
), in which they probably feasted,
drank, and amused themselves. (Hor. Carm.
, &c.; Tertull. de Spect.
6.) The lines
of Ausonius (Ecl. de Feriis,
19 ff.) may perhaps imply that
took part in the festival of
Neptune, while quadrigae
belonged to the