- Nicholas Purcell
Furrina, Roman goddess whose relatively early importance is reflected in the festival of the Furrinalia (25 July) and the existence of a flamen Furrinalis (see flamines). Her cult at Rome was located in a sacred grove on the slopes of the *Janiculum in Transtiberim: here C. *Sempronius Gracchus died in 121 bce (Plut., C. Gracch. 17, Hellenizing the cult interestingly in calling the place alsos Eumenidōn, ‘the grove of the Furies’, from the analogy Furrina-Furiae: later dedications refer to ‘Furrinian nymphs’ rather than to a single goddess). The site, in a well-watered cleft in the hillside, became an important cult place in the Syrian tradition in the later empire (see syrian deities), and its well-preserved remains offer an interesting case history of the constant process of reinterpretation of the forms of cult in the religious tradition of the city.
- Roman Myth and Religion