Arausio (god)

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Arausio was a local Celtic water god who gave his name to the town of Arausio (Orange) in southern Gaul. Inscriptions attest to the existence of this presiding deity who gave the town its name.

The modern name of the city and family that emerged from it, House of Orange-Nassau, is a corrupted version of Celtic word Arausio. In the Middle Ages the name of the city was conflated in French and Late Latin with another word, orange.


Miranda Green. (1997). Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.