Silvanus (mythology)

Silvanus (mythology)

Silvanus (Latin: "of the woods") was a Roman tutelary spirit of woods, a "genius loci" that was apparently inherited from the youthful Etruscan deity Selvans. In Cato's "De Agricultura" an offering to "Mars Silvanus" is described, to insure the health of cattle.

The Celtic god Sucellos was assimilated into Silvanus. The Slavic god Borevit has similarities with Silvanus. Some traditions consider him identical with Aegipan.

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* [ Cato's "De Agricultura":] an offering to Mars Silvanus (e-text in English and Latin)

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