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[5] This spot is now called Velabrum, because when the river overflowed, as it often did, they used to cross it at about this point in ferry-boats, to go to the forum, and their word for ferry is ‘velatura.’ But some say that it is socalled because from that point on, the street leading to the Hippodrome1 from the forum is covered over with sails by the givers of a public spectacle, and the Roman word for sail is ‘velum.’ It is for these reasons that honours are paid to this second Larentia amongst the Romans.

1 That is, the Circus Maximus.

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