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Venus Pompeiana

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An altar stands before the statue of Venus. In pre-Roman times this may have been the only shrine in the city at which worship was offered to Herentas; for by that name the goddess of love was known in the native speech. Venus as goddess of the Roman colony, was represented in an altogether different guise, and had a special place of worship elsewhere

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Pompeii, Its Life and Art, by August Mau