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NUDIPEDA´LIA This name was given to a procession of barefooted matrons, as an obsecratio, in time of great drought, “cum stupet coelum et aret annus” (Tertull. de Jejun. 16; Apol. 40; cf. Petron. Sat. 44). The magistrates laid aside their insignia, the fasces were reversed, and a sacrifice was offered at the temple of Jupiter, 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. 3.261.)


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