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date: 26 October 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

were regarded in Greek and Roman religion mostly as guardians, e.g. of houses, graves, springs, and altars. Probably evoking their hidden, secretive natural habitat of crevices and the world of ‘under’ in general, snakes were associated with gods linked with the Underworld. They were associated either with what emerges from the earth, such as trees or springs, or what is placed inside it, such as foundations of houses and altars, or graves.... ...

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