Although Neptune is now considered the Roman Lord of the Sea, he was originally a freshwater spirit. His associations with the ocean derive from his identification with the Greek Poseidon. The identities of the two originally distinct spirits are now so intertwined that it is virtually impossible to distinguish between them. Their names are used interchangeably. If you search for information about Neptune, you will almost certainly find only information that originally pertained to Poseidon. Little information survives regarding Neptune prior to his identification with Poseidon. However, we know that the Romans invoked Neptune to protect fresh water, especially for agricultural uses.
July 23, his Roman feast day known as the Neptunalia. His festival was celebrated with feasting. Games were held in Neptune’s honour.
- Roman Mythology
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