- Mary Beard
ExtractRex nemorensis, the ‘king of the grove’, i.e. *Diana's grove at Nemi near *Aricia, in Latium. This priest was unique among religious officials of the Roman world, in being an escaped slave who acquired office by killing his predecessor, after issuing a challenge by plucking a branch from a particular tree in the grove. See Strabo 5. 3. 12, 239; Suet. Calig.
- Roman Myth and Religion