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  • Eventually this new title Bona Dea crowded out the old title Fauna, so that it was almost entirely forgotten.

    The Religion of Numa And Other Essays on the Religion of Ancient Rome

  • Bona Dea was a fertility and healing goddess worshipped in exclusively female religious festivals.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Besides women-only religious gatherings, such as the rites of the goddess Bona Dea, there were plenty of entertainments to attend, plays and public games at which, unlike in later years, women were still allowed to sit with the men.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • On the festival of Bona Dea, see Beard, North, and Price 1998, vol.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Juvenal has wonderfully expended all his bile in depicting, as hideous scenes, these mysteries of the Bona Dea, where the young and beautiful Roman women, far from the eyes of men, give themselves up to mutual caresses.


  • Cicero alludes here to the mysteries of the Bona Dea, which had been profaned by Clodius, who, in the disguise of a female, and accompanied by an old woman, had obtained an introduction to them, with a view to an assignation with

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Tomorrow, she resolved, I will offer to Juno Sospita for a pregnancy, and to Venus Erucina that I please him in bed, and to the Bona Dea for uterine harmony, and to Vediovis just in case disappointment is lurking.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • She went straight to her prayer cubicle, another one of her ideas, where altars were set up to Vesta, Juno Lucina, Opsiconsiva, and the Bona Dea.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The tales of her exploits in the Forum when married to Publius Clodius came out for an airing, together with the scenes she created outside the Senate House doors, and her possible collaboration with Clodius when he had profaned the rites of the Bona Dea.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • As if through dense grey fog she fought to remember, and fancied that he had a message for her from the Bona Dea: that if she was prepared to make the sacrifice, the Bona Dea would gift her with the world.

    Antony and Cleopatra


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