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Vertumnus (Vort- ), i, m. qs. vertomenos, as a part. pass., from verto, that turns or changes himself, orig. an Etruscan deity,
I.the god of the changing year, i. e. of the seasons and their productions, also of exchange and of trade, Varr. L. L. 5, § 46 Müll.; Prop. 4 (5), 2, 10; Ov. F. 6, 410; id. M. 14, 642 sq.; Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 59, § 154 Ascon. Near his statue in the forum at Rome were the booksellers' shops, Hor. Ep. 1, 20, 1; “also the market-gardeners, Col. poët. 10, 308.—As a symbol of mutability: Vertumnis natus iniquis, said of an unstable man,Hor. S. 2, 7, 14.—Hence, Vertum-nālĭa , ĭum, n., the festival of Vertumnus, Varr. L. L. 6, § 21 Müll.
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