Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Mythology A god of nature and fertility.

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  • proper n. horned god of the forest, plains and fields; Greek counterpart: Pan

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  • n. See faun.

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  • n. (Roman mythology) ancient rural deity; later considered a counterpart of Greek Pan

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin.

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From Latin Faunus.

Examples

  • The Romans had an old Italian divinity called Faunus, who, as the god of shepherds, was identified with the Greek Pan, and represented in a similar manner.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Historians assume that he did so as a means of whitewashing the pagan holiday Lupercalia, an ancient Roman tradition of worshiping the goat lord Pan (known as Faunus in Roman cosmology), to rid the city of evil spirits and restore fertility.

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  • Priests of this cult would kill a goat (back to Faunus) and cut the goat into bloody strips.

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  • • Pagan ritual stolen from a Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia; a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus

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  • Pan (Faunus): His is a classic ugly-duckling story; despite the fact that he was half-goat, and smelled it, this guy split himself up into many mini Pans and got it on with all the ladies ... and all at once.

    Jilly Gagnon: Give Me That...OLD Time Religion

  • Yes, Drew, our modern idea of the satyr is the Greek image conflated with the Italic deity of Faunus, who had the horns and goat legs.

    Pan and Satyrs

  • Her consort was the flayed goat god of the Lupercalia, Faunus, another incarnation of Mars, who also appeared in bird-soul form as the sacred woodpecker Picus, giving oracles from the top of a phallic pillar in his shrine.

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  • She was worshipped in pre-Roman Latium as Marica, mother of the first king Latinus, who was also her priapic goat-footed consort Faunus.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Looks like Faunus clear reverberates in this tradition.

    Fawning over fauns

  • It was sacred to Pan, he said, which seemed to be what the Greeks called our grandfather Faunus.

    'Lavinia'

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