The Armilustrium (October 19) is celebrated as a festival for the purification of arms. This festival marks the formal end of the military campaign season. Citizens assemble in arms at a place on the Mons Aventinus where the Salii priests perform their final celebration of the year and sacrifices are offered to the protecting gods. The sacred ancilia are ritually cleaned in a lustration before being stored away for the winter.


Lustrate the armaments,
Store sacred shields until
Needed next year;
Watch as the Salii
Dance in their armor and
Clean up their gear.

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