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As a rule their initial consecration goes back beyond memory and tradition; we can rarely seize it in the making, as in the case of a Roman puteal, or spot struck by lightning, which was walled round like a well (puteus) against profanation, being thenceforth a shrine of Semo Sancus, the god of lightning.
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SEMO SANCUS, an Italian divinity worshipped by the Sabines, Umbrians and Romans, also called Dius Fidius and (perhaps wrongly) identified with the Italian Hercules.
Semo has been variously explained as: (r) one who presides over seed-time and harvest (serere, cf.
There was a second chapel of Semo Sancus on the island in the Tiber with an altar, the inscription on which led Christian writers (Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Eusebius) to confuse him with Simon Magus, and to infer that the latter was worshipped at Rome as a god.
The cult of Semo Sancus never possessed very great importance at Rome; authorities differ as to whether it was of Sabine origin or not.
See Preller, Romische Mythologic; article "Dius Fidius," by Wissowa, in Roscher's Lexikon der Mythologie, and his Religion and Kultus der Romer (1902), who rejects the identity of Semo Sancus Dius Fidius with Hercules; W.
Jannettaz, Etude sur Semo Sancus Fidius (Paris, 1885), according to whom he was a Sabine fire god.