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Italian Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters
AlpanAn Etruscan god or goddess of the underworld. Occasionally 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. Occasionally referred to as Ariosto, Luduvico.
AritimiA goddess of the hunt. In some accounts, referred to as 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. Identified 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. In some lore, occasionally 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. Also commonly referred to as Castur.
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Due TristaniA 16th C. Story about the children of Tristram and Isolde. Occasionally called Due Tristani.
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ForsA goddess of chance. Occasionally known as Fors, Fors Fortuna, Fors Fortuna, Greek Tyche, Greek Tyche, Ardokhsha, Fortuna, Nortia, Roman Fortuna, Roman Fortuna or Tyche.
FuflunsAn Etruscan wine-god. Occasionally known 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. Referred to as 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. Known as haruspex, haruspices, haruspices, plurharuspices or plurharuspices.
jettaturaThe evil eye: one who brings bad. Luck. Occasionally known as jettatura, Magia, Magia, malocchio, malocchio, evil eye, Corsican ordin, Corsican ordin, magia or magia.
KerresAn early mother-goddess. In some accounts, called Kerres, Roman Ceres, Roman Ceres or Demeter.
lucumoA prince-priest. Sometimes known as lucumo, Tarquinius Priscus, Tarquinius Priscus, Lucius Tarquinius, Lucumo or Tarquin.
MagiaMagic: enchantment: the evil eye. In some lore, occasionally known as Magia, jettatura, jettatura, malocchio, Corsican ordin or magia.
MenrfaA goddess of dawn and dusk, goddess of wisdom. In some references, known as Menrfa, Menrva, Menrva, Athena, Greek Athena, Greek Athena, Isis, Minerva, Neith, Sirl, Tauret, Thoueris, Ushas, Roman Minerva, Roman Minerva or Britannia.
NortiaAn Etruscan goddess of fortune. Also identified as Nortia, Nursia, Nursia, Nurtia, Nurtia, Nurti, Nurti, Greek Tyche, Greek Tyche, Ardokhsha, Fors, Fortuna, Roman Fortuna, Roman Fortuna or Tyche.
Penates of the ThundererA group of great Etruscan gods. Sometimes known as Penates of the Thunderer.
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Pisa, Rusticiano daA 13th C. Writer who compiled. Arthurian legends. Also commonly known as Pisa, Rusticiano da.
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SancusA Sabine god of marriage and oaths. Sometimes called 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. In some references, identified as Shrouded Gods.
Tasso, TorquatoAn Italian poet. He wrote about the exploits of Charlemagne and his paladins, including the book Jerusalem Delivered. Also commonly identified as Tasso, Torquato, (1544-95) or (1544-95).
Tristano PanciatochianoA 14th C. Version of the Tristram and Isolde story in Italian. At times, identified as Tristano Panciatochiano.
Tristano RiccardianoA 13th C. Version of the Tristram and Isolde story in Italian. Also known 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. Occasionally referred to as Tyrrhenus.