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Mephitin was the old reading. Mephitim was restored by Heins. from Med. &c. Mephitis was worshipped as a deity in various parts of Italy, as at Amsanctus (see v. 564 below), Pliny 2. 93 (95), at Cremona, Tac. H. 3. 33. It had a temple and grove at Rome on the Esquiline, Varro L. L. 5. 49, Festus s. v. Septimontis. Serv. says some made it a male power, connected with Leucothea like Virbius with Diana, which may possibly account for saevum, the reading of Med. Comp. generally 6. 240. Saevam like saevior pestis 3. 214. Virg. may have thought of Apoll. R. 4. 599, li/mnhs ei)s proxoa\s polubenqe/os: h(\ d' e)/ti nu=n per *trau/matos ai)qome/noio baru\n a)nakhki/ei a)tmo/n.