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Aquaelicium

or Aquilicium. A sacrifice for rain. In times of drought, the Roman matrons, clad in the stola, with bare feet and loosened hair, and the magistrates without their purple robes and with reversed fasces, used to carry in procession a stone which lay outside the Porta Capena near the Temple of Mars, through the city to the Capitol. The name of the stone was lapis, or petra manalis ( Paul. ex Fest. p. 128), i.e. the stone from which water flows.

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