This name derives from the Latin “faunus”, meaning “half human–half goat”. He is a rustic forest god, genius of the woods, protector of flocks and protector of pastors. Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; when he made cattle fertile he was called Inuus. He came to be equated in literature with the Greek God Pan. Fauna is a goddess said in differing ancient sources to be the wife, sister, or daughter of Faunus. Marcus Terentius Varro (ancient Roman scholar and writer) regarded her as the female counterpart of Faunus, and said that the fauni all had prophetic powers.