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Neptunalia

Neptunalia

Jul 23, 2012

July 23 was the beginning of a two-day festival in Rome honoring Neptune. Neptune was the Roman god of the seas and of all waters, having the characteristics of the Greek god Poseidon. The Romans sought, during Italy’s hot and dry summer, the assurance that they would have adequate rainfall for their crops and protection over their irrigation systems....