mediocri, ordinary. religiones, sanctuaries. commosse (commavisse) se, bestirred themselves. retinuisse, reasserted. Albani: Clodius's Alban villa (see sects. 46,51) must have been in the territory of Alba Longa, the ancient capital of Latium, whose temples were spared and their worship adopted by Rome (as that of the Lanuvian Juno had been, see note, sect. 27) when the city was destroyed. From what follows it would appear that some of these sanctuaries had been demolished by Clodius in his building schemes (see sect. 53). tumuli, mounds, used for altars. viguerunt, revived. Observe the alliteration. Latiaris: the temple of Jupiter on the Alban Mount was the religious centre of the Latin confederacy. lacus: there are several little lakes about the Alban Mount, chief of which are those at Alba and Aricia, in the craters of extinct volcanoes. nemora: nemus is originally an open grove where cattle can graze; it is applied, as well as lucus, to a consecrated grove. Of these the most famous in Italy was the sanctuary of Diana on the Lacus Nemorensis (L. Nemi) near Aricia.
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