Appias

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For the genus of butterflies, see Appias (genus).

In ancient Rome, Appias /ˈæpiəs/ was a statue of a nymph near the Appiades Fountain in the Forum of Caesar. Ovid wrote that the fountain was in the middle of the Temple of Venus Genetrix and surrounded by statues of nymphs who were called "The Appiades" (/əˈp.ədz/; plural form of Appias).[1][2] Traditionally the Appiades are said to be of Concordia, Minerva, Pax, Venus, and Vesta.[3]

In Roman mythology, Appias was one of the Crinaeae, a naiad who lived in the Appian Well outside the temple to Venus Genitrix in the Roman Forum.[citation needed]

In one of his letters,[4] Cicero refers to a statue of Minerva as "Appias". In this case, he derived this surname from the name of Appius Claudius Pulcher, whom he intended to flatter.

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