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Vica Pota
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Roman goddess, whose cult, which originated perhaps as early as the archaic period, was located at a site at the foot of the Velia [3] hill (Liv. 2,7,10), where the house of P. Valerius [I 44] Poplicola had once been rebuilt (Ascon. p. 13 Clark); the 'birthday' (Natalis templi) of the sanctuary was 5 January (InscrIt 13,2,391). In addition to an etymology of the name from victus, 'food', and potus, 'drink' (Arnob. 3,25; cf. Sen. Apocol. 9,4) there is also a (more plausible) derivation from vinco 'to conquer, to win' (vincendi atque potiundi: Cic. Leg. 2,28; cf. Ascon. l…

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Wardle, David (Cape Town), “Vica Pota”, 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 21 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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