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date: 20 October 2017

Sigillaria

Sigillaria, the fair on the last of the seven days of the Saturnalia (see saturnus), when pottery figurines (sigilla) were given as gifts; as well as these, other trifling wares were sold (Auson.Cent. Nupt. 206. 7 Peiper). It was usual to give dependants money for this fair (e.g. Suet.Claud. 5). The origin of the custom is not known.

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