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Liber Pater was a fertility-god of the fields. He assumed the characteristics of Dionysus whose festivals, held mainly in the countryside, were of a merry nature, and not formal. His festival, the Liberalia, became the favorite day for Roman boys to don the toga virils. A.G.H.
Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 181