FLORA , in
See also:mythology, goddess of
See also:time and
See also:flowers, later identified with the Greek Chioris . Her festival at Rome, the Floralia, instituted 238 B.C. by
See also:order of the Sibylline books and at first held irregularly, became
See also:annual after 173 . It lasted six days (
See also:April 28–May 3), the first
See also:day being the anniversary of the foundation of her
See also:temple . It included theatrical performances and animal hunts in the
See also:circus, and vegetables were distributed to the
See also:people . The proceedings were characterized by excessive merriment and licentiousness . According to the
See also:legend, her worship was instituted by Titus Tatius, and her
See also:priest, the flamen Floralis, by Numa . In
See also:art Flora was represented as a beautiful
See also:maiden, bedecked with flowers (Ovid,
See also:Fasti, v . 183 ff.; Tacitus,
See also:Annals, ii . 49) . The
See also:term " flora is used in botany collectively for the plant-growth of a
See also:district; similarly "
See also:fauna is used collectively for the animals .
ROGER DI FLOR
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