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Silvanus
(1,338 words)

[German version]

[1] Roman god of the forest

Male deity.

I. Cult and places of worship Roman god of the forest

[German version]

A. Etymology and origin

Based on the etymology of the name, four hypotheses have so far been put forward regarding the origins of this god: S. is identical with the Etruscan god Selvan [4. 54-59; 12. 200]; S. is an adjectival derivation of the word silva ('forest') and was originally an epithet of either Faunus [14. 213] or Mars [6…

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Mihály-Lorand, Dészpa, Holzhausen, Jens (Bamberg) and Bleckmann, Bruno (Strasbourg), “Silvanus”, 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 02 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1113260>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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