"Mother." That is, "the mother," is used by Ovid1 as a surname of Cybele, in the place of mater, or magna mater, but it is better known, in the religious history of Rome, as a surname of Venus, to whom Julius Caesar dedicated a temple at Rome, as the mother of the Julia gens.2 In like manner, Elissa (Dido), the founder of Carthage, is called Genitrix.3
- Metamorphoses xiv, 536.
- Suetonius. The Life of Julius Caesar, 61, 78, 84; Servius on Virgil's Aeneid i, 724.
- Silius Italicus, i, 81.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
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