Ancasta was a Celtic goddess worshipped in Roman Britain. She is known from a single dedicatory inscription found in the United Kingdom at the Roman settlement of ( Clausentum Bitterne, near Southampton). Ancasta may be taken to be a local goddess, possibly associated with the nearby [1 ] River Itchen.
The votive dedication to Ancasta reads:
DEAE ANCASTAE GEMINVS MANI VSLM "To the goddess Ancasta, Geminus Mani[lius] willingly and deservedly fulfills his vow."
It may be possible that the name 'Ancasta' is related to
Proto-Celtic *kasto- meaning 'swift'. [2 ]
The inscription is now in the
Tudor House Museum, Southampton. [3 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Jufer, Nicole & Thierry Luginbühl (2001). Les dieux gaulois : répertoire des noms de divinités celtiques connus par l'épigraphie, les textes antiques et la toponymie. Paris: Editions Errance. ISBN 2-87772-200-7. p.21.
^ Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales. " Proto-Celtic—English lexicon." (See also this page for background and disclaimers.)
^ Clausentum, Pastscape, retrieved 13 January 2012