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For the phonetics terms, see Bidental consonant.
For the mythological symbol, see Bident.

In ancient Roman religion, the bidentales were priests who performed rituals to mark out a place that had been struck by lightning as a sacred precinct (templum). Their primary role was to sacrifice a two-year-old sheep, in Latin bidens, meaning "having teeth (dentes) on each side." Such a place was thus called a bidental. It was not permitted to be walked over, and was enclosed with a wall, or palisade, with an altar erected over it. The Puteal Scribonianum was a bidental.


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