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[4] The god to whom the spoils were dedicated was called Jupiter Feretrius, as some say, because the trophy was carried on a ‘pheretron,’ or car; this is a Greek word, and many such were still mingled at that time with the Latin1; according to others, the epithet is given to Jupiter as wielder of the thunder-bolt, the Latin ‘ferire’ meaning to smite. But others say the name is derived from the blow one gives an enemy, since even now in battles, when they are pursuing their enemies, they exhort one another with the word ‘feri,’ which means smite! Spoils in general they call ‘spolia,’ and these in particular, ‘opima.’

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