Penates


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Pe·na·tes

 (pə-nā′tēz, -nä′-)
pl.n. Roman Mythology
The Roman gods of the household, tutelary deities of the home and of the state, whose cult was closely connected and often identified with that of the Lares.

[Latin Penātēs, from penus, foodstuff, interior of a house.]

penates

(pəˈnɑːtiːz)
pl n
(Classical Myth & Legend) See lares and penates
[Latin]

Pe•na•tes

(pəˈneɪ tiz, -ˈnɑ-)

n.pl.
(sometimes l.c.) the tutelary deities of the family larder in ancient Rome.
[1505–15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions]
References in classic literature ?
They sing "Home, Sweet Home" in ragtime; they carry their lares et penates in a bandbox; their vine is entwined about a picture hat; a rubber plant is their fig tree.
When therefore, about this time, an auction was one night announced to take place in the hall, at which, amongst the superfluities of other boys, all Diggs's penates for the time being were going to the hammer, East and Tom laid their heads together, and resolved to devote their ready cash (some four shillings sterling) to redeem such articles as that sum would cover.
After the city was set afire, with the assistance of her father and son, Aphrodite could evacuate the Penates, the family gods of Troy, out of the burning city and settled them down in other lands of Rome.
Cela etant; le [beaucoup moins que]remous[beaucoup plus grand que] va trouver son origine dans le fait que le Secretariat d'Etat a l'Eau etait auparavant un poste de Ministre deleguee et que sa titulaire n'ayant pas changee, elle restait dans ses penates. Le brouillamini avec le ministre a-t-il dure depuis la mise en place du gouvernement El Othmani?
Paris: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Penates Funding N.V./S.A.
- As before only penates (Roman gods of houses, m.n.) disappeared into the spirit of the people, so the living spirits of peoples disappear now, through their own individuality, in a universal community, which's simple universality is without spirit and dead and which's vitality is the singular individual as singular' (Hegel 2000, 275; italics in original).