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Lĭbĭtīna , ae, f. libet, līber,
I.the goddess of corpses, in whose temple everything pertaining to burials was sold or hired out, and where the registers of deaths were kept.
I. Lit.: “triginta funerum milia in rationem Libitinae venerunt,were registered, Suet. Ner. 39.—
II. Transf.
A. The requisites for burial, the apparatus of funerals: “pestilentia tanta erat ut Libitina vix sufficeret,” i. e. it was hardly possible to bury all the dead, Liv. 40, 19, 3: “ne liberorum quidem funeribus Libitina sufficiebat,id. 41, 21, 6.—
2. Esp., a bier, a funeral pile: “dum levis arsura struitur libitina papyro,Mart. 10, 97; Plin. 37, 3, 11, § 45.—
3. The undertaker's business, the disposal of corpses: “Libitinam exercere,Val. Max. 5, 2, 10.—
B. Death (poet.): multaque pars mei Vitabit Libitinam, Hor. C. 3, 30, 6; cf. id. S. 2, 6, 19: “Libitinam evadere,Juv. 14, 122; Phaedr. 4, 18 fin.
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