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Dea Dia
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An otherwise unknown female deity to whom the  Arvales fratres devoted the sacrifice of the month of May; nothing is known about the connection of the Dea Dia (DD) with a Dia from Amiternum (CIL I2 2, 1546) and the Greek Dia. Her name derives from the adjective dius and is connected with the space of heaven, probably the ‘good light of heaven’. The thesis that DD is an indigitation ( Indigitamenta) of Tellus or of Ceres cannot be maintained.


R. Schilling, Rites, cultes, dieux de Rome, 1979, 366-370.

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Scheid, John (Paris), “Dea Dia”, 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 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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