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Varro     M. Terentius Varro, a contemporary of Cicerio, who wrote De Re Rustica and De Linguâ Latinâ.

Catalogo references to Varro:

Argileto. «Varrone nel lib. 4»

Campidoglio vecchio. «Varron. della ling. Lat. nel lib. 4.»

Clivo pubblico. «Varrone»

Equirie. «Varrone nel lib. 5»

Foro Olitorio. «Varrone nel lib. 4»

Orti Lucullani. «Varr. nel lib. 1 de re rust.»

Porta Flumentana. «Varr. nel lib. de re rust.»

Villa Pubblica. «Varr. nel lib. de re rust.»


According to Festus, it was Romulus who instituted the first horse-races in honor of Mars. These races became an annual event, and, due to their origin, are rightly considered the "proto" festival or feast of Roman tradition. According to Varro, the races took on the name of Equirria, which is derived "from the equorum cursus 'running of horses'; for on that day they currunt 'run' races in the sports on the Campus Martius." Furthermore, Ovid's Fasti lists the dates of the races as the 27th of February and the 14th of March, and, since the Roman calendar began the 1st of March, the holding of the first horse-race the day just before the new year further attests the Equirria's premire "fest" position.




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