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date: 25 May 2022

rex nemorensislocked

rex nemorensislocked

  • Mary Beard

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Rex 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.

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  • Roman Myth and Religion

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