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Picus, a Latin prophetic deity ( Fast.III. 291) represented as an early king of Latium, father of Faunus, and grandfather of Latinus. The woodpecker on the head of the statue serves as emblem of his prophetic power, just as his statue bears the lituus in Virg. Aen.VII. 187-91, where his metamorphosis is referred to. The story of it was told by Aemilius Macer , contemporary with Ovid, in the poem on birds mentioned Trist. IV. x. 43.
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