Canens (mythology)

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In Roman mythology, Canens was the personification of song. A nymph from Latium, she was the daughter of Janus and Venilia.[1]

Because Canens' husband Picus scorned the love of the witch Circe, she turned him into a woodpecker. Canens searched for her husband for six days and then threw herself into the Tiber river, she sang one final song and then died. They had one son, Faunus.


  1. ^ Ovid. "Metamorphoses Book XIV (A. S. Kline's Version)". The Ovid Collection. University of Virginia.