Quirinus

Quirinus

Quirinus is the true form of Romulus, the eponymous founder and first King of Rome. He is thought to be a God of thunder and, most particular, storms. He is the national tutelary God of the Romans.

 

Role in the Cosmos

Quirinus is a God who emanated from Helios and was sent forth by the King of the All to build a city that would become the greatest on Earth. Sent down by the Goddess of Forethought, Athene, Quirinus was received by Selene and crafted a mortal body within Silvia’s womb by a Daimon with the character of Ares, who visited the vestal virgin Silvia as she was carrying water for the bath of Hestia. And thus Quirinus was born Romulus.

It was the divine will of the Gods that took him into the Heavens by destroying the mortal part of his body with the fire of lightning during the storm, and that he was ascended into the heavens where He was led by Selene straight back to Helios.

To this day the God continues watches over His people from the heavens.

 

Worship

He was served by the Flamen Quirinalis, one of the three major flamines who served the oldest Gods of Rome. His festival, the Quirinalia, is celebrated February 17.

 

Iconography

Quirinus is depicted as a bearded man, wearing a mix of military and priestly clothing. His sacred tree is the myrtle

 

Bibliography

Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus, and Wilmer Cave (France) Wright. The works of the Emperor Julian. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Plutarch, and John Dryden. Selected lives: from the parallel lives of the noble Grecians and Romans. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1982.