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Title: The Impact of Rome on luci (Sacred Glades, Clearings and Groves) in Italy
Author(s): VAN DER MEER, L. Bouke
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 90    Date: 2015   
Pages: 99-107
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.90.0.3089915

Abstract :
Luci in Italy are mentioned in ancient literary sources and inscriptions. Usually they were sub- or extra-urban, poly-functional, sometimes even multi-functional sacred places. After an initial stage of being a sacred glade, clearing or grove where votive gifts could be deposited, a lucus could be monumentalized by the addition of altars, statue bases, votive cippi and temples. Some luci were used as secret meeting places by Latin leagues for preparing their defense against Rome in the sixth, 5th and 4th centuries BC. This paper investigates the effects of Rome’s conquest of Italy on the development of luci.

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