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The Mundus Patet Gave Ghosts Egress

By October 5, 2013

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This Day in Ancient History - October 5:

On this day in ancient Rome, the mundus was opened (mundus patet). It was one of three occasions during the year that this enclosure sacred to Dis and Proserpina [Contributions to Latin Lexicography, by Henry Nettleship] -- a round pit on the PalatinePalatine covered by a stone -- was opened, providing a means for the ghosts in the Underworld to come to the world of the living [The Roman Festivals of the Period of the Republic, by William Warde Fowler].

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