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(also Antevorta: Macrob. Sat. 1,7,20; or Prorsa: Gell. NA 16,16,4). P. is the superlative of the Latin word porro, 'forward, far', analogous to the derivation of Hekátē (Hecate) from Greek hekás. As a companion (Ov. Fast. 1,633 ff.; Macrob. l.c.) or sister (Ov. l.c.) of Carmentis or identical with her (Gell. l.c.), P. knows the past, her sister Postverta knows the future. P. is also considered a goddess of birth who looks after feet-first births, whereas Postverta takes care of head-first births (Gell. l.c.).

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Porrima”, 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 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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