GENITRIX

That is, "the mother," is used by Ovid (Met. xiv. 536) as a surname of Cybele, in the place of mater, or magna mater, but it is better known, in the religious history of Rome, as a surname of Venus, to whom J. Caesar dedicated a temple at Rome, as the mother of the Julia gens. (Suet. Caes. 61, 78, 84; Serv. ad Aen. i. 724.) In like manner, Elissa (Dido), the founder of Carthage, is called Genitrix. (Sil. Ital. i. 81.)