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Vica Pota

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Winged Victoria of Brescia, 1st century BCE.
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Vica Pota was a goddess often identified with Victoria. Her sanctuary (aedes) was located at the foot of the small Velia hill (Velia) next to domus of Publius Valerius Publicola, one of the main participants in the conspiracy against To Tarquinius. The temple was supposed to be on the same side of the hill as the Forum Romanum and not far from one of the earliest buildings erected in the Roman forum – Regia. Cicero translates her name from vincendi atque potiundi, meaning victorious and gaining glory.

In Apocolocyntosis (full name Apocolocyntosis (divi) Claudii), a political satire on the Roman emperor Claudius, written by Seneca the Younger Vic Pot is the mother of Diespiter, identified with Jupiter.

The feast of the goddess Vic Pot took place on January 5.

  • Kempiński Andrzej, Encyklopedia mitologii ludów indoeuropejskich, Warszawa 2001
  • Schmidt Joël, Słownik mitologii greckiej i rzymskiej, Katowice 1996

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