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The term Palici refers to twin gods in Roman and, to a lesser extent, Greek mythology. They are sons of Etna or Thalia with Zeus or Hephaestus, and Sicilian[?] chthonic gods of geysers, venerated as heroes. In Palacia[?], there was a shrine to the Palici. People could subject themselves or others to tests of reliability through divine judgement. Passing meant an oath could be trusted.

Alternative: Palaci

Ovid V, 406; Virgil IX, 585.

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