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Suovetaurilia
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also Suovitaurilia. The combination, traditional in Roman religion, of three sacrificial animals - pig (sus), sheep (ovis) and bull (taurus) - that were led, as part of ritual purification (Lustratio), round a place (e.g. a piece of land: Cato Agr. 141; [1. 103-125]) or group of people to be lustrated, and subsequently sacrificed. A distinction was made between suovetaurilia lactentia or minora (piglet, lamb and calf: Cato Agr. 141) and adult suovetaurilia maiora (e.g. boar, ram, bull: Varro Rust. 2,1,10; cf. Plin. HN 8,206). The suovetaurilia seem originally to …

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Siebert, Anne Viola (Hannover), “Suovetaurilia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1126030>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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