Sed praeter hanc causam M. Varro in libris Divinarum aliam esse tradit istius nominis rationem: "Nam sicut Aius," inquit, "deus appellatus araque ei statuta est quae est infima nova via, quod eo in loco divinitus vox edita erat, ita Vaticanus deus nominatus penes quem essent vocis humanae initia, ...
But in addition to that reason Marcus Varro, in his Antiquities of the Gods, states that there is another explanation of the name: "For," says he, "just as Aius was called a god and the altar was erected in his honour which stands at the bottom of the Nova Via, because in that place a voice from heaven was heard, so that god was called Vaticanus who controls the beginnings of human speech, ...
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from Aulus Gellius: Noctes Atticae (Volume III. Books 14-20), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 212, translated by J.C. Rolfe, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1927, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.