- (in ancient Rome) a college of priests of Mars and Quirinus who guarded the ancilia and led the festivities in their honor.
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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
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.