The fact that Luna is mentioned as a male deity should not be explained (as Sprater does)
by the linguistic phenomenon that the word "moon" in German is masculine. In the Orient
the moon was conceived as a male deity as well (Cumont, Astrology and Religion, New-York-
London. 1912, 125f).
Finke, however, suggests, that the word deo may already have been carved in before the
altar was dedicated to Luna.