- 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