Camenae

Camenae

[kuh-mee-nee]
plural noun, singular Camena [kuh-mee-nuh] . Roman Religion.
four wise and prophetic deities or fountain nymphs: Carmenta, Egeria, Antevorta, and Postvorta; later identified with the Greek Muses.
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Camenae (kəˈmiːniː)
 
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Roman myth a group of nymphs originally associated with a sacred spring in Rome, later identified with the Greek Muses

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camenae

in Roman religion, goddesses who were perhaps originally water deities, having a sacred grove and spring located outside the Porta Capena at Rome. Believed able to cure diseases and prophesy the future, the Camenae were offered libations of water and milk. In the 2nd century BC the poet Quintus Ennius identified them with the Muses

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