sometimes written LARENTINALIA (Macrob. 1.10; Lactant. Inst.
was a Roman festival in honour of Acca Larentia, the wife of Faustulus and
the nurse of Romulus and Remus. It was celebrated on December 23 (Fest. s.v.
3.57). The sacrifice in this festival was performed by the
Flamen Quirinalis, as the representative of Romulus (Gel.
), in the Velabrum, where the Via
Nova entered it, not far from the Porta Romanula (Burn's
278; see Varro, L. L.
5.164). At this
place Acca was said to have been buried. (See also Preller,
p. 422; Marquardt,