(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.
(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