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date: 29 November 2022

Felicitaslocked

Felicitaslocked

  • Herbert Jennings Rose
  •  and John Scheid

Extract

A goddess of good fortune and success in battle, not heard of till the middle of the 2nd cent. bce, when L. *Licinius Lucullus (1) dedicated her temple on the *Velabrum (see LTUR, 244–5 (Palombi)); another was planned by Caesar and erected after his death by M. *Aemilius Lepidus (3) where the Curia Hostilia had stood. She is associated with *Venus Victrix, *Honos, and Virtus at Pompey's theatre (fast. Amiternini on 12 August); with the *Genius Publicus and Venus Victrix on the Capitol (ibid., 9 October). The supposed association with the Numen Augusti on the fasti Praenestini (on 17 January) results from a wrong reading (Degrassi, Inscr. Ital. 13. 2. 115). Thereafter she is important in official cult under the emperors, appearing frequently on coins (Felicitas saeculi with figure of the goddess) and in addresses to the gods in dedications, etc. , immediately after the Capitoline triad.

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  • Roman Myth and Religion

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