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Albunea

Albunea, sulphurous spring and stream near Tibur with a famous waterfall, and its homonymous nymph (cf. Hor. Carm. 1. 7. 12), classed as a Sibyl by Varro (Lactant. Div. Inst. 1. 6. 12) and fancifully identified by etymology with the sea-goddess Ino-Leucothea (Servius on Verg. Aen. 7. 83). The spring is the Latin equivalent of Greek poetic springs like Castalia (see delphi) and Hippocrene (see helicon); it is usually identified with the modern Acque Albule. In Virgil's Aeneid Albunea is the site of the incubation-oracle of Faunus (7. 81–102), but this is otherwise unattested. The name derives from the white (albus) appearance of the spring's sulphurous water. (See springs, sacred.)

Bibliography

F. Castagnoli, Enciclopedia Virgiliana, 5 vols. (1984–1990), s.v. ‘Albunea’.Find this resource:

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