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The allegorical interpretations of pagan gods flourished in late Antiquity. They were the work of the pagans, who thus sought to spiritualize their religion, but also of some Christians, who thought that the pagan fables were hiding truths they needed to discover.

The goddess Hera-Juno has not escaped the phenomenon. Here we consider, taking as one basis the works of Fabius Planciades Fulgentius, African writer of the fifth-sixth century, what these interpretations are and what they tell us both about this goddess and the mentality of late Antiquity.

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). In Opera omnia I . Basel 1955, 482. 2 ERASMUS : Praef. in Hilarii edit . (1523) = Epist . 613. In Opera III . Leyden 1703, 695. 3 ZINK, M. : Der Mytholog Fulgentius. Ein Beitrag zur römischen Literaturgeschichte und zur Grammatik des

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