"Fever." The goddess of fever, or rather the averter of fever. She had three sanctuaries at Rome, the most ancient and celebrated of which was on the Palatine; the second was on the area, which was adorned with the monuments of Marius, and the third in the upper part of the Vicus Longus. In these sanctuaries amulets were dedicated which people had worn during a fever.
The worship of this divinity at Rome is sufficiently accounted for by the fact, that in ancient times the place was visited by fevers as much as at the present day.
- Aelian. Varia Historia xii, 11.
- Cicero. De Legibus ii, 11; On the Nature of the Gods iii, 25.
- Valerius Maximus, ii, 5.6.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.