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Numa Pompilius

Numa Pompilius (nōō´mə pŏmpĬl´ēəs), legendary king of Rome, successor to Romulus. His consort, the nymph Egeria, was said to have aided him in his rule. The origin of Roman ceremonial law and religious rites was ascribed to him. Among other achievements, he was supposedly responsible for the pontifices, flamens (sacred priests), vestal virgins, worship of Terminus (the god of landmarks), the building of the temple of Janus, and the reorganization of the calendar into days for business and holidays.

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Numa Numa Pompilius (traditionally 715–673 bc), legendary second king of Rome, who claimed to have received instruction from the water goddess Egeria; the name may be used allusively for someone likened to him, especially as a lawgiver.

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