- This page is about the Roman river-god. For Vulturnus, the Roman god of the east wind, see Anemoi.
In Roman mythology
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, Volturnus was a god
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of the waters, probably derived from a local Samnite cult
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. His festival
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Volturnalia was the Roman festival on August 27 dedicated to Volturnus, 'god of the waters,' god of fountains. Volturnus was a tribal river god who later was identified as god of the Tiber river. The Volturno River, in southern Italy, is named for him...
, was held on August 27.
The Volturno is a river in south-central Italy.-Geography:It rises in the Abruzzese central Apennines of Samnium near Rocchetta a Volturno and flows southeast as far as its junction with the Calore River near Caiazzo and runs south as far as Venafro, and then turns southwest, past Capua, to...
river in Campania
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is named in his honour.