Soranus was an Etruscan, Faliscan, Capenate and Sabine god adopted into ancient Roman religion. He was worshipped on Mt. Soracte in Lazio. The area was sacred to underworld gods, such as Dis Pater.[1]

The worshippers of Apollo Soranus, after his cult had been subsumed by Apollo, were called Hirpi Sorani ("wolves of Soranus", from Sabine hirpus "wolf"). They were firewalkers and carried about the entrails of sacrifices during ceremonies.[2]

Soranus was identified with Dīs Pater, a Roman god of the soil, earth and underworld, or with Apollo,[3] a Greek god adopted by the Romans, and had a female partner, Feronia, whose sanctuary was located next to his.[4]


  1. ^ Servius' commentary to Aeneid, XI. 785
  2. ^ Servius' commentary to Aeneid, XI. 785; Pliny, Naturalis Historia, VII. 2; Silius Italicus, Punica, V. 175; Strabo, Geography, chapter V[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Virgil, Aeneid, XI. 786
  4. ^ Strabo, Geography, chapter V