Avernus, Lake


Aver·nus, Lake

geographical name \ə-ˈvər-nəs\

Definition of AVERNUS, LAKE

lake S Italy in crater of extinct volcano W of Naples

Variants of AVERNUS, LAKE

Aver·nus, Lake or Italian Lago d'Aver·no \ˈlä-gō-dä-ˈver-(ˌ)nō\

Avernus, Lake

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lake, southern Italy. It lies west of Naples in the crater of an extinct volcano. Because of its sulfurous vapors, it was considered an entrance to the underworld by the ancient Romans, including Virgil. According to legend, the grove of Hecate and the grotto of the Cumaean Sibyl lay nearby. In the 1st century BC it was transformed into a naval base, Portus Iulius, by Agrippa and linked to the sea. Its impressive Roman ruins include baths, temples, and villas.

Variants of AVERNUS, LAKE

Avernus, Lake ancient Lacus Avernus.

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