Caeleatis was the Carthaginian (North Africa) moon goddess who became the Romanized form of the Punic goddess¬†Tanit; elsewhere she was syncretized into the cult of¬†AphroditeVenus. The annual games were held in her honor. She was brought to Rome in an abstract block of stone (like that of¬†Kybele¬†from Pessinus) and became popular there diring the early part of the third century AD; in this guise she became known as the “mighty protectress of the Tarpeian hill.”¬†A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 50