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Clementia was the goddess of mercy, forgiveness, penance, redemption, absolution, acquittal, and salvation in Roman mythology.

There isn’t much information available on Clementia’s cult, but it appears that she was just an abstract representation of a certain virtue that was worshipped alongside Caesar and the Roman state. Clementia, which is also the Latin term for “humanity” or “forbearance,” was regarded as a positive leadership quality. She is typically seen resting against a column while clutching a branch—possibly an olive tree branch—and a scepter.

Featured image: Ancient statue of Clementia in the Museo Chiaramonti



Dea Tacita

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