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C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Vitellius (ed. Alexander Thomson), chapter 1 (search)
e flatterers and detractors of Vitellius, after he became emperor, unless the fortunes of the family varied before.
There is extant a memoir addressed by Quintus Eulogius to Quintus Vitellius, quzestor to the Divine Augustus, in which it is said, that the Vitellii were descended from Faunus, king of the aborigines, and Vitellia,Faunus was supposed to be the third king who reigned over the original inhabitants of the central parts of Italy, Saturn being the first.
Virgil makes his wife's name Marica:
Hunc Fauna, et nympha genitum Laurente Marica Accipimus. Aen. vii. 47.
Her name may have been changed after her deification; but we have no other accounts than those preserved by Suetonius, of several of the traditions handed down from the fabulous ages respecting the Vitellian family.
who was worshipped in many places as a goddess, and that they reigned formerly over the whole of Latium: that all who were left of the family removed out of the country of the Sabines to Rome, and were enrol