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Magna Dea was the "Great Goddess" of Syria who was worshipped at Hierapolis, "Holy City." Similar title was given to all goddess throughout the Roman Empire, which was beginning to adopt feminine monotheism but interrupted by Jewish, Persian, and Christian patriarchal influence. A.G.H.
Walker, Barbara G. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. New York, HarperCollins, 1983. p. 570