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Oscan goddess, whose worship is attested only in Agnone (cf. Vetter no. 147), with a statue and an altar in a grove of the Oscan Ceres and a cult in the Floralia festival. There is no plausible linguistic connection with Anna Perenna or an Etruscan chthonic deity. The name per-na seems to be formed on Latin per, 'through'; porrima is a possible superlative. The connection with Ceres points to a fertility aspect, but her exact function remains unclear. Perhaps P. was responsible for the early stages of pregnancy - analogous to Prorsa (and Porrima?), who looked after the…

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Wardle, David (Cape Town), “Perna”, 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 27 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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