Or Lara, a daughter of Almon, was a nymph who denounced to Juno that there was some connexion between Jupiter and Juturna; hence her name is connected with λαλεῖν, "talk, chat." Jupiter punished her by depriving her of her tongue, and condemning her to be conducted into the lower world by Mercury; but on the way thither Mercury fell in love with her, and afterwards she gave birth to two Lares.

Hartung1 infers from Lactantius2 that Larunda is identical with Muta and Tacita.



  1. Die Religion der Römer. Vol. 2, p. 204.
  2. i, 20


  • Ausonius. Monosyll. de Diis, 9.
  • Ovid. Fasti ii, 599 ff.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.