Picus

Roman - A fertility god and god of agriculture. First king of Latium. Son of Saturn. Son of Pilumus, some say. Father of Faunus by Canens. He was betrothed to Canens but the nymph Circe fell in love with him. When he rejected her advances, she changed him into a woodpecker. Others say that he changed himself into a woodpecker and made oracular pronouncements or that he was the son of Pilumnus who proclaimed oracles by tapping on wood and was later turned into a woodpecker, the sacred bird of Mars. Some say that he helped the she-wolf to rear Romulus and Remus. On occassion, known as Picus, Picumnus, Picumnus, Sterculius, 'woodpecker' or 'woodpecker'.

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