One of the Equi family sources has written that he believes his ancestors are named in the Aeneid of Virgil, in the following citation:
Ferter Resius / rex Aequeicolus
is preimus / ius fetiale paravit
inde p(opulus) R(omanus) discipleinam excepit
Et te montosae misere in proelia Nersae
Ufens, insignem fama et felicibus armis;
horrida praecipue cui gens adsuetaque multo
venatu nemorum, duris Aequicula glaebis:
armati terram exercent semperque recentis
convectare iuvat praedas et vivere rapto.
Ferter Resius, king of the Equis
was the first to obtain the right of the feziali.
Therefore, the people of
You went to battle in the mountenous Nerse,
Proud and strong with invincible fame,
tough like your people used to the long hunts in the forests:
the Equis made of very tough soil,
who work the earth fully armed and everyday,
always find new prey, surviving through robbery.
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