TANAQUIL . the
See also:Etruscan name of the wife of Tarquinius
See also:Priscus, or of one of his sons . After her immigration to Rome she is said to have received the name Gaia Caecilia . She was famous for her shrewdness and prophetic gifts, which enabled her to foretell the future greatness of her
See also:husband and of Servius Tullius . There was a statue of her as Gaia Caecilia in the
See also:temple of Sancus, which possessed magical
See also:powers . She was celebrated as a spinner of wool, and was supposed to exercise influence over
See also:Roman brides . Tanaquil and Gaia Caecilia are, however, really distinct personalities . The anecdotes .told of Gaia Caecilia are aetiological myths intended to explain ,certain usages at Roman marriages . See
See also:Livy, i . 34, 41; Pliny, Nat . Hist., viii . 74,
See also:xxxvi . 70;
See also:Schwegler, ROmische Geschichte, bk. xv .
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