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Neptune was initially a god of water, whose domain was extended to the sea when he was equated with the Greek god Poseidon. He is first
mentioned in Rome as one of the gods who shared in the first public lectistemium in 399 BCE. Here he was paired with Mercury, possibly suggesting that the two gods were here regarded as guardians of trade and seafaring. On this day we know only that shelters of leaves and branches were made, presumably to protect the people from the hot July sun. This purpose may have been to symbolically seek security for the water-supply at this dry time of year. It is probable that a bull was historically sacrificed today.

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