Abellio

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For other meanings of Abellio, see Abellio (disambiguation).
Drawing of a Gallo-Roman votive altar dedicated to Abellio, found in the village of Garin, Haute-Garonne, France

Abellio (also Abelio and Abelionni) was a god worshipped in the Garonne Valley in Gallia Aquitania (now southwest France), known primarily by a number of inscriptions which were discovered at Comminges.[1] He may have been a god of apple trees.

Some scholars have postulated that Abellio is the same name as Apollo,[1] who in Crete and elsewhere was called Abelios (Greek Αβέλιος), and by the Italians and some Dorians Apello,[2] and that the deity is the same as the Gallic Apollo mentioned by Caesar,[3] and also the same as the Belis or Belenus mentioned by Tertullian[4] and Herodian.[5]

Other scholars have taken the reverse position that Abellio might have been a similar solar deity of Celtic origin in Crete and the Pyrenees, but the Cretan Abellio may however not be the same god as the Celtic one, but rather a different manifestation, or dialectal form, of the Greek god Apollo or his name.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Abellio", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology 1, p. 2 
  2. ^ Fest. s. v. Apellinem; Eustath. ad II. ii. 99
  3. ^ Julius Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico vi. 17
  4. ^ Tertullian, Apologeticus 23
  5. ^ viii. 3; comp. Capitol. Maoeimin. 22

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.