Latin abbreviation: Vota or Votis - vows (prayers).

In a religious context, votum, plural vota, is a vow or promise made to a deity. The word comes from the past participle of voveo, vovere; as the result of the verbal action, a vow, or promise. It may refer also to the fulfillment of this vow, that is, the thing promised. The votum is thus an aspect of the contractual nature of Roman religion and sacrifice, a bargaining expressed by "do ut des" (I give that you might give).


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VOT (Vota):

- Legend effaced. Tetricus I and Tetricus II facing each other sacrificing at a lighted altar; one holds a globe and is crowned by Victory; to right a citizen standing. Obv: [IMPP TETRICI AVGG], busts facing each other of Tetricus I and II, the former laureate, the latter bare; bronze AE2

- A, D, or E, etc within a laurel wreath. Obv: IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate |bust| of Maximianus Hercules right; bronze AE3.

- With a ram and an eagle within a wreath; in the exergue CONST. Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, helmeted |bust| of Julian II the Apostate left, holding spear and shield; bronze AE3

- IOVI VOT SVSC PRO SAL CAES AVG S P Q R, on silver coins of Augustus.

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