Nine Gods

(The). (1) Of the Etruscans: Juno, Minerva, and Tinia ( the three chief); the other six were Vulcan, Mars, and Saturn, Hercules, Summauus, and Vedius.

Lars Porsena of Clusium
By the nine gods he swore
That the great house of Tarquin
Should suffer wrong no more.

Macaulay: Lays of Ancient Rome (Horatius, i.).

(2) Of the Sabines (2 syl.). Hercules, Romulus, Esculapius, Bacchus, Æneas, Vesta, Santa, Fortuna, and Fides.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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