A Roman divinity who presided over sewers (cloacae
). More properly,
however, the word should be written Cluacina (from cluo= purgo
, Plin. xv. 29, 36
), being so called because at the end of the war with
the Sabines the Romans purified themselves in the vicinity of the statue of Venus with myrtle
boughs (Pliny , l. c.). Later, the similarity of spelling caused a confusion with cloaca, cloacina.
See Lactant i 20.