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Salii

[sal-ee-ahy] /ˈsæl iˌaɪ/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
(in ancient Rome) a college of priests of Mars and Quirinus who guarded the ancilia and led the festivities in their honor.
Compare ancile.
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  • In one of these fragments the Salii placate Leucesius, the god of lightning.

  • The word Salii was consistently printed as Sal; it has been corrected for the e-text.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • The Salii were from early times priests of Mars, who danced in armor, and sang old hymns.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • They were conterminous with the Salii—Ὑπεδεξάμην μὲν μοῖραν τοῦ Σαλίων ἔθνους, Χαμάβους δὲ ἐξήλασα.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • The Salii celebrated Mars at seed-time—in the month which bears his name, mensis Martius.

  • Tullus, in this perilous juncture, vowed twelve Salii, and temples to Paleness and Panic.

  • It was properly applied to the olive-twig bound round with wool, which was stuck in the cap worn by the flamines and Salii.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero

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