Along with Pales, the Roman tutelary god of cattle herds (Arnob. 3,23); because of the Rutulian cult centre Castrum Inui (Verg. Aen. 6,775 and Serv. ad loc.) probably of Old Latin origin. According to Servius, the name is derived from inire (‘to mount’) (Serv. loc. cit.). I. was widely identified with Pan or Faunus (Liv. 1,5,2; Serv. loc. cit.; Prob. in Verg. G. 1,10,16; Macrob. Sat. 1,22,2). According to Livy, the Lupercalia were held in honour of I. (Liv. loc. cit.).
Cite this pageSchulte-Altedorneburg, Jörg (Marburg), “Inuus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e525650>
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