Vertumnus was the lover of the Hamadryad (wood-nymph) Pomona.
The Fauns and Satyrs would have given all they possessed to win her, and so would old Sylvanus, who looks young for his years, and Pan, who wears a garland of pine leaves around his head. But Vertumnus loved her best of all; yet he sped no better than the rest. O how often, in the disguise of a reaper, did he bring her corn in a basket, and looked the very image of a reaper! With a hay band tied round him, one would think he had just come from turning over the grass. Sometimes he would have an ox-goad in his hand, and you would have said he had just unyoked his weary oxen. Now he bore a pruning-hook, and personated a vine-dresser; and again, with a ladder on his shoulder, he seemed as if he was going to gather apples. Sometimes he trudged along as a discharged soldier, and again he bore a fishing-rod, as if going to fish. In this way he gained admission to her again and again, and fed his passion with the sight of her.
Source: Bulfinch's Mythology, The Age of Fable, CHAPTER X.

Vertumnus visited Pomona disguised as an old woman and pled his suit and persuaded Pomona to become his lover.

Ovid tells the tale in book XIV of his Metamorphoses and John Milton mentions it in passing in Book IX of Paradise Lost.

According to, vertere means 'changing', and Vertumnus was

The Roman divinity of seasons, changes and ripening of plant life. He is the patron of gardens and fruit trees. He has the power to change himself into various forms, and used this to gain the favor of the goddess Pomona. Vertumnus' cult was introduced in Rome around 300 BCE and a temple was built on the Aventine Hill in 264 BCE. The Vertumnalias, observed on August 13, is his festival. A statue of Vertumnus stood at the Vicus Tuscus.
"The Vicus Tuscus was so named because it was the location of an Etruscan settlement within Rome": Propertius 4.2: Slumming with Vertumnus?, Kerill O'Neill, American Journal of Philology 121.2 (2000) 259-277.

An anonymous article on says that the original, Etruscan name of Vertumnus was Veltha, who was the "Original God of the Etruscans, Patron of the Etruscan League Centred on the Fanum Voltumnae in Volsinii". We find him described as "Dius Etruriae Princeps (Chief God of the Etruscans): He is master of all Vegetation, but especially Fruit Trees" in ARS HARUSPICINA haec est DISCIPLINA ETRUSCA a Ioanne Opsopoeo (by John Opsopaus).

François Boucher's 1748 painting Earth: Vertumnus and Pomona shows Vertumnus disguised as an old woman. The same is true of Gerbrand van den Eckhout's Vertumnus and Pomona (1669) and Francesco Melzi's Pomona and Vertumnus (circa 1520). A tapestry by Willem de Pannemaker (1535) shows Vertumnus disguised as a haymaker. A 2nd century statuette of Vertumnus at the Lowe Art Museum also shows him as fully human in form.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Vertumnus represents the Emperor Rudolph II as Vertumnus and the image is composed of various fruits and vegetables juxtaposed (See Jan Svankmajer's witty parody collage Vertumnus and Mona Lisa).

These images do not show Vertumnus as a faun, but I conjecture that this name was the source of the name Mr. Tumnus in the Narnia books of C. S. Lewis.

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