, the day of the people's flight, was
celebrated on the 5th of July, according to Varro (L. L.
6.18), in commemoration of the flight of the Romans, when the inhabitants of
Ficuleae and Fidenae appeared in arms against them, shortly after the
burning of the city by the Gauls; the traditional victory of the Romans,
which followed, was commemorated on the 7th of July (called the Nonae Caprotinae
as a feast of Juno Caprotina), and
on the next day was the Vitulatio,
mark the thank-offering of the pontifices for the event. Macrobius (Macr. 3.2
), who wrongly places the Poplifugia on
the nones, says that it commemorated a flight before the Tuscans, while
) refers its origin to
the flight of the people when Romulus disappeared [p. 2.464]
from the earth. (Marquardt, Staatsverw.