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The goddess of dawn worshipped at Rome was Mater Matuta (cf. Lucr. v. 656, β€œtempore item certo roseam Matuta per orbem auroram differt”), identified in later times with the Greek Ino or Leucothea. Cf. 919 n., Milton, P.l. XI. 134, β€˜to resalute the world with sacred light Leucothea waked, and with fresh dews imbalmed the earth.’ Her festival was the Matralia, June 11th ( Fast.VI. 473-562). Livy mentions a temple dedicated to her at Rome, built by Servius Tullius, and restored by Camillus (v. XIX. 6, ib. XXIII. 7), afterwards burned down and again rebuilt, and also one at Satricum (vi. XXXIII. 4). Cf. Mommsen, vol. I. p. 181.

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    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 5.656
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