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Caput Oli
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According to Roman tradition, the head (caput) of the Etruscan hero Aulus Vibenna (olus), discovered when the foundation stone was laid for the Roman temple of Jupiter in the 6th cent. BC, prophesying the future greatness of Rome (Liv. 1,55,5; 5,54,7; Arnob. 6,7; Serv. Aen. 8,345). The historicity of an Aulus Vibenna from Vulci is evident in Etruscan and Latin inscriptions and grave paintings.

Bibliography

A. Alföldi, Das frühe Rom und die Latiner, 1977, 200-204 with fn. 162

M. Pallottino, in: F. Buranelli (ed.), La Tomba François d…

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Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen), “Caput Oli”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e226900>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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