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Meaning & History
Noreia used to be considered the epithet of an unidentified pre-Roman mother goddess who left her name in inscriptions throughout the Roman province Noricum (present-day Austria and Slovenia). Current theories suggest, however, that she might have been a Roman "creation" to gain the loyalty of the Norici (ever since VESPASIAN's time, she was associated with the goddess ISIS and referred to as Isisi-Noreia). It has been claimed that she was a goddess of fate and fortune, life's happiness, fertility, mining and healing waters. The origin and meaning of her name are lost to time.