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Indĭgĕtĕs , um, m. plur. [indu-gigno],
I.heroes elevated to the rank of gods after their death, and regarded as the patron deities of their country: “patrii Dii sunt, qui praesunt singulis civitatibus, ut Minerva Athenis, Juno Carthagini: Indigetes autem proprie sunt Dii ex hominibus facti, quasi in Diis agentes,Serv. ad Verg. G. 1, 498: “Dii Indigetes (in old prayer),Liv. 8, 9, 6.— Transf., of deified emperors, Arn. 1, 64. — In sing.: Indĭgĕs , ĕtis: “Indigetem Aeneam ... Deberi caelo,Verg. A. 12, 794: “deus,Tib. 2, 5, 43: “pater,Sol. 2, 15: “Juppiter,Liv. 1, 2, 6; Gell. 2, 16, 9; in the form INDIGENS, of Æneas, Inscr. Pompej. ap. Bull. Arch. Nap. 1845, p. 35: Indigetes dii, quorum nomina vulgari non licet, Paul. ex Fest. p. 106 Müll.
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