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date: 02 February 2023



  • J. Linderski


When lightning struck, the Etruscan and Roman ritual prescribed that the bolt be buried (often inscribed fulgur conditum), and the place enclosed (Luc. 1. 606–8; 8. 864). The ancients derived the name from the sacrificial victim (bidens, ‘having two teeth’), but it may be a rendering of the Etruscan word for the bolt.


  • Roman Myth and Religion

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