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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; the counterpart of the Greek Rhea and the Roman Ops.


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  • The Magna Mater is the goddess Cybele, the great mother of the gods from Phrygia.

    Time Scout

  • Next time let it be a son! she prayed, offering to Juno Sospita, Magna Mater, and Spes.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • She was known to the Hittites as Kubebe, to others as Kubaba or Kubele, to the Greeks as Cybele pronounced “kibbili”, and to the Romans as Magna Mater, the Great Mother.

    Log of the Eclipse (10) (All Over Again)

  • For example, Atia, as devotee of Magna Mater, undergoes a taurobolium: the sacrifice of a bull with the blood dripping down through a gate onto the worshiper below.

    Rome Yet Again

  • The statues, he wrote, most likely represented “the Anatolian ‘Fertility Goddess,’ the prototype of Hepat, Kupapa, Cybele, and the Magna Mater”: that is, the Hacilar figurines presaged a long line of later goddesses worshipped across Asia and Europe.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • It was as if his very passivity and prostitution to the Magna Mater gave him insight into material business affairs, and lent him a certain remarkable inhuman force.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • In the interests of fairness I must point out that the Magna Mater beat him to it by a couple of days.

    Exhibition Killings

  • The crowd took up the chant, too, as the Magna Mater passed regally by Some people tossed coins which weeping priests scooped off the paving stones and drop into little bowls.

    Time Scout

  • Less than two weeks after the marriage they moved into a huge mansion on the Palatine overlooking the Circus Maximus and not far from the temple of Magna Mater.

    The Grass Crown

  • The children, Marcia alleged in a voice loud enough to be heard as far away as the temple of Magna Mater, were being completely ignored by their mother.

    The First Man in Rome


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