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the statue of the Etruscan deity Vortumnus, which stood from very early times in the Vicus Tuscus behind the temple of Castor (Varro, LL v. 46; Liv. xliv. 16. 10; Cic. in Verr. i. 154 and Asc. ad loc. (Or. p. 199); Prop. iv. 2. 1-10; Hor. Epist. i. 20. i and Porphyr. ad loc.; cf. Plaut. Curc. 481-482). Popular etymology derived the name ' a verso amne' (Prop. iv. 2. 10; Ov. Fast. vi. 410), as the god was believed to have checked the inundation of the Tiber at this point (Jord. i. I. 126-127; i. 2. 373; HC 13, 164; Th6denat 145, 174; Gilb. i. 103-104). In 1549 a pedestal with the inscription: Vortumnus temporibus Diocletiani et Maximiani (CIL vi. 804; LS ii. 204-205), was discovered in the Vicus Tuscus near the temple of Castor, which may have belonged to a late restoration of the original statue (cf. ad Vortumnum on an inscription in the crypt of S. Peter's, CIL vi. 9393).1

1 In Jord. i. 2. 373 it is wrongly cited as 9394.

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