Quirinus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
according to Dionysius of Halicarnassus (2.48), a Sabine word,
and perhaps to be derived from quiris, a lance or spear. It
occurs first of all as the name of Romulus, after he had been
raised to the rank of a divinity, and the festival celebrated
in his honour bore the name of Quirinalia (Verg. A. 1.292:
Cic. De Nat. Deor. 2.24; Ov. Am. 3.8. 51, Fast. 4.56, 808,
6.375, Met. 15.862.) Owing to the probable meaning of the word
it is also used as a surname of Mars, Janus, and even of
Augustus. (Ov. Fast. 2.477; Serv. ad Aen. 7.610; Sueton. Aug.
22 Macr. 1.9; Verg. G. 3.27; Lydus, De Mens. p. 144; comp.
- A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology,
William Smith, Ed.
Quirinus in Wikipedia
In Roman mythology, Quirinus was an early god of the Roman
state. In Augustan Rome, Quirinus was also an epithet of
Janus, as Janus Quirinus. His name is derived from Quiris