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Jupiter

JUPITER. The name Iuppiter is made up of two elements: the first, Iou-, stems from the Indo-European *dyeu, the root of dies, or "day"; while in the second element we find the Latin word pater, meaning "father." Iuppiter therefore identifies the "god of heavenly light." Many of the ancients were aware of this meaning; Paulus-Festus for example, describes the epithet Lucetius, referring to the god, this way: "Lucetium Iovem appellabant quod eum lucis esse causam credebant" (Jupiter was called Lucetius since he was believed to be the author of light). The name Iuppiter belongs to the Indo-European domain, and is semantically related to the Greek Zeus, which stems from *dyeus.

All Italians recognized Jupiter as their god, particularly the Latins, who honored him under the title of Jupiter Latiaris during the Feriae Latinae. This feast was celebrated each year under...

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