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[2] And besides, it was reasonable that March, which is consecrate to Mars, should be put in the first place by Romulus, and April in the second place, since this month is named after Aphrodite. In it they sacrificed to this goddess, and on its first day the women bathe with myrtle garlands on their heads. Some, however, say that April, with its smooth ‘p,’ cannot be derived from Aphrodite, with its rough ‘ph,’ but that this month of high spring time is called April because it opens and discloses the buds and shoots in vegetation, this being the meaning of the word ‘aperio.’

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