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LUCINA

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 105 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LUCINA, goddess of light, a title given to Juno and Diana as presiding over childbirth and bringing children into the light of the world. The full name is lucina dea, " the light-bringing goddess " (lux, light, hence adj. lucinus). It is also given to Hecate (Tibullus 3. 4. 13), as the bringer of terrible dreams, and is used metaphorically as a synonym for child-birth (Virg. Georg. iii. 6o; Ovid, Ars. Amat. iii. 785).
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