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arvālis , e, adj. arvum,
I.pertaining to a cultivated field; hence, Fratres Arvales, a college of twelve priests, who yearly made offerings to the field-Lares for the increase of the fruits of the field: “Fratres Arvales dicti sunt, qui sacra publica faciunt propterea, ut fruges ferant arva,Varr. L. L. 5, § 85 Müll.; cf. Non. p. 560, 24 sq.; Müll. Etrusk. 2, pp. 91 and 105. Extant inscriptions show that this college of priests continued in existence until the fourth century; cf. Inscr. Orell. I. 388 sq.; 5054; 807; 840; 858; 903; 947; 961 al.
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