Neptunalia

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Neptune with Dolphin and Trident. Bronze. Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D. Provenance: Believed to have been found in Gaul. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

July 23-24 is the Neptunalia, a Roman festival dedicated to Neptune during the summer dry season. In antiquity, the festival was celebrated with games. Huts built of branches and foliage provided spectators with  shade from the heat of the summer.

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