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Fides

The Roman personification of honour in the keeping of word or oath. As Fides Publica, or Honour of the People, this goddess had a temple on the Capitol, founded by King Numa, to which the Flamines Dialis, Martialis, and Quirinalis rode in a covered chariot on the first of October. At the sacrifice they had their right hands wrapped up to the fingers with white bands. The meaning of the covered chariot was that honour could not be too carefully protected; of the covered right hand, that the right hand, the seat of honour, should be kept pure and holy. The goddess was represented with outstretched right hand and a white veil. Her attributes were ears of corn and fruits, joined hands, and a turtle-dove.

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