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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.

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