Roman agricultural god who presided over boundaries. Often confused with a Faun, Pan, or Satyr.
Etymology: From the Latin silva ("forest"); plural, Silvani.
Physical description: Depicted as a cheerful old man. Said to be the son of a shepherd and a she-goat.
Behavior: Plays the reed pipes (syrinx). Carries a cypress trunk. Scares off wolves. Distribution: Fields and forests of France. Sources: Cato, De agricultura, 83; Virgil, Aeneid, VIII. 601; Virgil, Georgics, I. 20; Horace, Epodi, II. 22; New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (New York: Putnam, 1968), pp. 210, 216.
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