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Fresco showing the god Mercury in the center
Mercuralia was a Roman festival in honour of the
god Mercury ( Mercurius). They were celebrated on May 15 in Ides of May.
This day was considered the date of birth of
Mercury – the patron of merchants and thieves. On that day, merchants sprinkled their heads and their goods with water from the holy source of Mercury ( Aqua Mercuria) near Porta Capena to ensure prosperity for themselves and their interests. Sources Jaczynowska Maria, Religie świata rzymskiego, Warszawa 1987 Zieliński Tadeusz, Religia Rzeczypospolitej Rzymskiej
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