from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- One of the seven hills of ancient Rome. The baths of Diocletian were built at the foot of the hill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to twigs; consisting of twigs; producing twigs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to twigs or shoots; consisting of twigs; producing twigs.
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We opposed to this view the fact of the salubrity of the Viminal, which is situated between the Esquiline and the Quirinal, and which ought to be as unhealthy as the two other hills were the malaria of the latter imported into the city instead of being indigenous.
By far the most talented was Aquilius Gallus, who some say was a better lawyer even than Cicero, and who was already a respected judge; in fact, he was something of a paragon—brilliant, modest, just, kindly, a man of supreme taste, with a magnificent mansion on the Viminal Hill; Cicero had it in mind to approach the older man to be his running mate for consul.
If he encountered a particularly awkward point of jurisprudence and needed a second opinion, he would either consult his old friend and fellow pupil of Molon, Servius Sulpicius, or go over to see the distinguished praetor of the election court, Aquilius Gallus, in his mansion on the Viminal Hill.
Living as they did in the heart of the Subura-which was the poorest and the most polyglot district in Rome-they found that Sulla's proscriptions had not the profound effect on life that they did in places like the Carinae, the Palatine, the upper Quirinal and Viminal.
Which was why he had died of fever outside Rome's Colline Gate, and why the people of the Quirinal and Viminal, their springs polluted from his wastes, had done such insult to his body.
He was going to see Censorinus, who lived on the upper Viminal in the street which led to the Punic apple tree.
When the springs inside the city on the Viminal and Quirinal became contaminated, some of the people from the area went to see Pompey Strabo and begged him to deal with his cesspits properly; Pompey Strabo being Pompey Strabo sent them away with a series of crude remarks about what they might like to do with their own excrements.
The more crowded parts of Rome all received their water from the aqueducts, but the upper Esquiline, Viminal and Quirinal, less populous, relied heavily on local spring water.
Bring my other legion down off the Agger and disperse its cohorts among the northern and eastern hills — Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline.
Last summer all of the Viminal and the upper Esquiline had gone up in flames, the worst fire anyone in Rome could remember.