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Vica Pota

Article on p569 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.

Vica Pota: a shrine on the site of the Domus P. Valerii (q.v.), which Valerius built on the slope of the Velia towards the forum (Liv. II.7.12: infra Velium ubi nunc Vicae Potae est aedes in infimo clivo; Plut. Popl. 10: ἱερόν). This deity was apparently identical with or closely related to Victoria, for the shrine is called aedes Victoriae (so that the identification with a fragmentary altar in TF 87 will not hold) by Asconius (in Pis. 52; cf. Cic. de leg. II.28). Another derivation was from victus and potus (Arnob. III.25; Sen. Apocol. 9). The date of the dedication was 9th January (Fast. Ant. ap. NS 1921, 84; Jord. I.2.417; WR 196; Pr. Myth. II.245).

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