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Contributor Contrib.ICEyun on 4/7/2009
Latinized form of the Greek Άρικία (Arikia), probably derived from Latin aro "to plough". Aricia was a niece of King Aegeus of Athens and became the wife of Virbius - the name by which Hippolytos went after he came back to life as a demigod. According to Roman tradition, she gave her name to a place holy to Diana (to whom Virbius was particularly devoted) which in time became a Roman town.In the literary world, Aricia was one of the main characters in Jean Racine's tragedy Phèdre (1677).