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Valentinus, active 2nd century

( vălӘntē'nӘs ), fl. c.135–c.160, founder of the Valentinians, the most celebrated of the Gnostic sects (see Gnosticism ) of the 2d cent. The little

Open Valkyries (Norse mythology)
Valkyries (Norse mythology)

Valkyries, meaning "Choosers of the Slain," were beautiful young women—sometimes immortal, depending on the Norse myth—who scouted battlefields

Open Vanir

Subgroup of the gods. The vanir are distinguished from the æsir, the dominant group to which Odin and Thor and their consorts belong, but they are


( vĭdän'tӘ, –dăn'– ), one of the six classical systems of Indian philosophy. The term “Vedanta” has the literal meaning “the end of the Veda” and


The term Veda , derived from the root vid , “to know,” means “knowledge.” The Veda functions in Hindu traditions as an authoritative category that is

Vespasian, Emperor of Rome, 9-79

(Titus Flavius Vespasianus)( vĕspā'zhӘn ), A.D. 9–A.D. 79, Roman emperor (A.D. 69–A.D. 79), founder of the Flavian dynasty. The son of a poor family,

Open Visigoths

(West Goths), division of the Goths, one of the most important groups of Germans . Having settled in the region W of the Black Sea in the 3d cent.