"She who stimulates." The name of Semele, according to the pronunciation of the Romans. Augustine derived the name from stimulus, and makes her thus the goddess who spurs man on to action.



  • Augustine. City of God iv, 11, 16.
  • Livy. The History of Rome xxxix, 12.
  • Ovid. Fasti vi, 503.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.