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Roman women went to baths on April 1

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Roman baths, Fedor Boronnikov
Roman baths, Fedor Boronnikov

On the first day of April, Veneralia was celebrated in Rome in honour of Venus Verticordia and Fortuna Virilis. Then the women went to public baths and took baths.

After the bath, the statue and praying women were sprinkled with myrtle. The worshipers prayed to the goddess of Fortune, nicknamed “Virilis”, for the success of men.

  • Michele Renee Salzman, On Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity

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