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Romans Gods and Goddess: Amata

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Introduction to Amata

The ancient Romans Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Romans culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Amata and the myths and legends surrounding Amata, Amata relationship to and with other Romans Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Amata

She was the wife of king Latinus, and mother of LavinIa. LavinIa had been promised to Turnus king of the Rutuli, who were an ancient Italian tribe, with connections to the Etruscans at least; but when Aeneas and the Trojans arrived in Italy, king Latinus having consulted the oracle, was advised to marry his daughter to a foreigner, so he offered LavinIa to Aeneas. Her mother Amata objected and continued to support Turnus' claim, he was further supported by Juno the daughter of Saturn and wife and sister of Jupiter. Other supporters included, Mezentius the exiled Etruscan king, and father of Lausus, and the queen of the Volsci, Camilla, and also his supposed sister named Juturna, who was a Naiad, and fountain and fresh water nymph. Turnus was eventually killed by Aeneas in the ensuing war, and apparently Amata committed suicide.

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