Neptune, Latin Neptunus, in Roman religion, initially the divine force of new water; by 399 BCE he was related to the Greek Poseidon and along these lines turned into a god of the ocean. His female partner, Salacia, was maybe initially a goddess of jumping springwater, in this way compared with the Greek Amphitrite.

Neptune’s celebration (Neptunalia) occurred in the warmth of the late spring (July 23), when water was scarcest; along these lines, its motivation was likely the appeasement of the freshwater god. Neptune had a sanctuary in the Circus Flaminius at Rome; one of its highlights was a formed gathering of marine gods headed by Poseidon … (100 of 116 words)

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