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date: 01 December 2022



  • Herbert Jennings Rose
  •  and John Scheid


Flora (Oscan Flusia: Conway, Ital. Dial. nos. 46; 175 a; L 24), an Italian goddess of flowering or blossoming plants, mainly cereals (also found in Agnone, Vittorino, and Furfo, as well as Rome). The antiquity of her cult in Rome is proved by the existence of a flamen Floralis (see flamines), but her festival is not in the ‘calendar of Numa’ and therefore was movable (feriae conceptivae) Flora had an old temple on the *Quirinal, dedicated on 3 May, but, shortly after the foundation of the Floralia in 240–1 bce, and on the advice of the Sibylline books, she was given a second temple in 238 close to the Circus Maximus (Plin.HN 18. 286; cf. Ziolkowski, Temples, 31 ff.). Its dedication day was 28 April (fasti Praenestini; rededication by *Tiberius on 13 August, fasti Allifani). The games (ludi Florales) were celebrated annually from 173 bce (Ov.


  • Roman Myth and Religion

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