The month of March was the traditional start of the campaign season, and the Tubilustrium (March 23) was a ceremony to make the army fit for war. It was held on the last day of the Greater Quinquatrus (festival of Mars), and it occurred again on May 23. The sacred trumpets (tubae) were originally war trumpets, but later they were used for ceremonial occasions. It is not clear if the army was involved, or if it was merely a ceremony to purify the trumpets used in summoning the assembly on the following day. The ceremony was held in Rome in a building called the Hall of the Shoemakers (atrium sutorium) and involved the sacrifice of a ewe lamb. Romans who did not attend the ceremony would be reminded of the occasion by seeing the Salii dancing through the streets of the city.

Tubilustrium

Higgledy-Piggledy
Lustrate the tubae, the
Trumpets of war that the
Romans employed;
Muster the Legions with
Purificational
Blasts of the trumpets that
Romans enjoyed.


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