A Roman goddess of fountains, who was also a goddess of birth, and possessed the gift of
prophecy. It was from her fountain, in the sacred enclosure of the Camenae, before the Porta
Capena in Rome, that the Vestal Virgins brought the water necessary for the baths and
purifications of their office. There was another fountain of Egeria in the precincts of Diana
at Aricia. In Roman legend, Egeria was the consort and counsellor of King Numa, who used to
meet her in a grotto in the precincts of the Camenae. After the death of her lover she fled to
the shrine of the Arician Diana, by whom, as her wailings disturbed the worship, she was changed into the fountain which bore her name. Married women worshipped her at
Rome as a goddess of childbirth.