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Italian Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters
AlpanAn Etruscan god or goddess of the underworld. Called Alpan, Alpanu, Alpanu, Alpnu, Alpnu, Alp(a)nu or Alp(a)nu.
Ariosto, Luduvico(1477-1533). A poet who wrote stories of Charlemagne's paladins, including Orlando Furioso. Also called Ariosto, Luduvico.
AritimiA goddess of the hunt. Occasionally called Aritimi, Greek Artemis, Greek Artemis, Aspalis, Bast, Bendis, Delia, Diana, Dzewana, Garbh Ogh, Roman Diana, Roman Diana, Abnoba, Arduinna, Artemis, Delia, Devana, Dilwica, Dziewona or Zana.
BegoeAn Etruscan goddess of prophecy. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Begoe, Bergoia, Bergoia, Beroe, Beroe, Vecu, Vecu, Vegoia, Vegoia, Roman Egeria or Roman Egeria.
Boiardo, Matteo Maria(1434-1494). A Count of Scandia. He was an Italian poet who wrote stories of Charlemagne's paladins, including the poem Orlando Inamorata. On occassion, known as Boiardo, Matteo Maria.
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CasturThe Etruscan version of Castor. Brother of Pultuce. Castor and Pollux later merged with the Tindaridae. On occassion, called Castur.
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Due TristaniA 16th C. Story about the children of Tristram and Isolde. In some references, identified as Due Tristani.
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ForsA goddess of chance. Occasionally identified as Fors, Fors Fortuna, Fors Fortuna, Greek Tyche, Greek Tyche, Ardokhsha, Fortuna, Nortia, Roman Fortuna, Roman Fortuna or Tyche.
FuflunsAn Etruscan wine-god. At times, referred to as Fufluns, Phuphlans, Phuphlans, Greek Dionysus, Greek Dionysus, Dusara, Liber, Orotalt, Osiris, Rudra, Salmaat or Zagreus.
GinevraA bride trapped on her wedding-night. Playing a game, she inadvertently got locked in a chest. Her skeleton was found a year later. Sometimes called Ginevra, Guinevere, Guinevere, Geneura, Genievre, Ginevra, Guanhamara, Guanhuvara, Guenever, Guenhuvara, Guenevere, Gwennere, Gwynhwfar, Guanamara, Genevra, Guenever(e), Guinever, Gvenour, Gwennere, Wenhaver, French Gilan(e)ier, Welsh Gwen(h)wyfar or Gwenh(w)yvar.
haruspexAn Etruscan diviner of future events. At times, called haruspex, haruspices, haruspices, plurharuspices or plurharuspices.
jettaturaThe evil eye: one who brings bad. Luck. At times, identified as jettatura, Magia, Magia, malocchio, malocchio, evil eye, Corsican ordin, Corsican ordin, magia or magia.
KerresAn early mother-goddess. On occassion, referred to as Kerres, Roman Ceres, Roman Ceres or Demeter.
lucumoA prince-priest. Also commonly referred to as lucumo, Tarquinius Priscus, Tarquinius Priscus, Lucius Tarquinius, Lucumo or Tarquin.
MagiaMagic: enchantment: the evil eye. Occasionally identified as Magia, jettatura, jettatura, malocchio, Corsican ordin or magia.
MenrfaA goddess of dawn and dusk, goddess of wisdom. Sometimes called Menrfa, Menrva, Menrva, Athena, Greek Athena, Greek Athena, Isis, Minerva, Neith, Sirl, Tauret, Thoueris, Ushas, Roman Minerva, Roman Minerva or Britannia.
NethunsAn Etruscan water-god. Also referred to as Nethuns, Roman Neptune, Roman Neptune or Poseidon.
NortiaAn Etruscan goddess of fortune. Sometimes referred to as Nortia, Nursia, Nursia, Nurtia, Nurtia, Nurti, Nurti, Greek Tyche, Greek Tyche, Ardokhsha, Fors, Fortuna, Roman Fortuna, Roman Fortuna or Tyche.
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Pisa, Rusticiano daA 13th C. Writer who compiled. Arthurian legends. Also identified as Pisa, Rusticiano da.
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SancusA Sabine god of marriage and oaths. In some accounts, referred to as Sancus, Semo Sancus, Semo Sancus, Semo, Greek Zeus Pistios, Greek Zeus Pistios, Fidius, Roman Fidius, Roman Fidius or Zeus Pistios.
Shrouded GodsA group of gods of higher rank. Than the Senators of the Gods or the Penates of the Thunderer. Occasionally called Shrouded Gods.
Storia del MerlinoA 14th C. Italian life of Merlin. Also commonly referred to as Storia del Merlino.
Tasso, TorquatoAn Italian poet. He wrote about the exploits of Charlemagne and his paladins, including the book Jerusalem Delivered. Occasionally known as Tasso, Torquato, (1544-95) or (1544-95).
Tristano PanciatochianoA 14th C. Version of the Tristram and Isolde story in Italian. Occasionally referred to as Tristano Panciatochiano.
Tristano RiccardianoA 13th C. Version of the Tristram and Isolde story in Italian. In some accounts, referred to as Tristano Riccardiano.
TyrrhenusSon of Atys. He was said to have emigrated from Lydia during a famine and is regarded as the founder of the Etruscans. Also referred to as Tyrrhenus.