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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.)


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

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