Arvernus

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In Gallo-Roman religion, Arvernus was an epithet of the Gaulish Mercury. Although the name refers to the Arverni, in whose territory Mercury had at important sanctuary at the Puy-de-Dôme, all of the inscriptions to Mercury Arvernus are found farther away along the Rhenish frontier. The name is also recorded once as Mercury Arvernorix, 'king of the Arverni'.[1] Compare also the title Mercury Dumiatis ('of the Puy-de-Dôme'), found in the territory of the Arverni.[2] The name, like the name of the Arverni and of Auvergne, appears to derive from a Proto-Celtic compound adjective *φara-werno-s ‘in front of alders.’

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  1. ^ MERCURIUS - L'inventore di tutti le arte.
  2. ^ Nicole Jufer & 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.