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Arval

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arval A funeral feast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arval A funeral feast; a wake.
    • arval Connected with or relating to funeral celebrations.
    • arval Pertaining or relating to arable or plowed land.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. arwyl, funeral; ar, over + wylo, to weep, or cf. arföl,; Icel. arfr, inheritance + Sw. öl, ale. Cf. Bridal

Usage

In literature:

The oldest existing example of Latin or Roman literature is the sacred chant of the Frates Arvales.
"The Interdependence of Literature" by Georgina Pell Curtis
Revival of the ancient ritual; illustrated from the records of the Arval Brethren.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
In the Augustan revival membership in the College of the Arval Brothers was sought by distinguished citizens.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
THE HYMN OF THE ARVAL BROTHERHOOD.
"The Oxford Book of Latin Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

I shall not hear your trentals,
Nor eat your arval bread;
For the kin of you will surely do
Their duty by the dead.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
I shall not hear your trentals,
Nor eat your arval bread,
Nor with smug breath tell lies of death
To the unanswering dead.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke