Via Viae: road, street, path, way, method, manner, the right way • From Proto-Italic wijā, from PIE wih₁eh₂-., from weyh₁- (“to pursue, be strong”) • Derived terms: Dēvius • Obvius • Pervius • Praevius • Impervius
A Roman citizen eligible male child's transition from boyhood, Puer, to Iuvenis status upon reaching his majority at age ~14-17 years, and after a prominently mentored civil or military service preparatory training year, was commemorated in a day long coming-of-age ceremony. On a birthday close to the 17 March Līberālia festival / feast of Liber, god of viticulture and wine, fertility and freedom, celebrates young boy maturation - Liber Pater, "the free Father", and his consort Libera.
The Iuvenis, upon dressing for the day, hangs up, instead of wearing, the bolla, the childs protective talisman, and discards the crimson bordered toga praetexta to don the pure white toga virilis. The entire household, friends and relatives, in grand procession, escort the nascent Iuvenis to the Forum for enrollment as an official Roman citizen.