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For the genus of hepialid moths, see Fraus (genus).

In Roman mythology, Fraus was the goddess or personification of treachery and fraud.[1][2][3][4]

She was daughter of Orcus and Night (Nyx).[5] She was depicted with a woman's face, the body of a snake, and on her tail the sting of a scorpion.[2][6][7]

Fraus is an alternative name for Mercury,[8] the god of theft (among other things). She is alternatively described as Mercury's helper.[citation needed]. Her Greek equivalent was Apate.


  1. ^ Leach, Marjorie (1991). Guide to the Gods. Greenwood. p. 643. 
  2. ^ a b Imel, Martha Anne; Imel, Dorothy Myers (1993). Goddesses in World Mythology. Greenwood. p. 142. 
  3. ^ George Richard Crooks, Alexander Jacob Schem, A new Latin-English school lexicon, J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1867, p379
  4. ^ William Pulleyn, The etymological compendium: or, Portfolio of origins and inventions, W. Tegg, 1840, p227
  5. ^ John Lemprière, Lorenzo Da Ponte, John David Ogilby, Bibliotheca classica, W.E. Dean, 1838, p713
  6. ^ Johann Joachim Eschenburg, Nathan Welby Fiske, Manual of Classical Literature, Frederick W. Greenough, 1839, p440
  7. ^ Johann Joachim Eschenburg, Classical antiquities, E.C. & J. Biddle, 1860, p122
  8. ^ Gaboury, Micheal J. A. (2014). The Book on Equity Vol. Maxims. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-304-97194-4.