"Light-bringer." The goddess of light, or rather the goddess that brings to light, and hence the goddess that presides over the birth of children; it was therefore used as a surname of Juno and Diana, and the two are sometimes called Lucinae.
When women of rank gave birth to a son, a lectisternium was prepared for Juno Lucina in the atrium of the house.1
- Catullus, xxxiv, 13.
- Horace. Carmen Saeculare, 14 ff.
- Ovid. Fasti ii, 441 ff.; vi, 39.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
- Tibullus, iii, 4.13.
- Varro. On the Latin Language v, 69.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.