Vosegus

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Vosegus (sometimes Vosagus or Vosacius) was a name used in the Roman Empire for a Celtic god of hunting and forestation.[1] On rare known artefacts Vosegus is shown with a bow and shield, accompanied by a dog.[2] The centre of area where Vosegus was worshiped was around the Donon. On top of a hill there was a temple dedicated to Vosegus.[3]

Later in Gallo-Roman religion, Vosegus was the patron god of the Vosges in eastern Gaul. His name is attested in about five inscriptions from western Germany and eastern France, twice in the form Vosego Silv(estri) and once as Merc(urio) Vos(ego).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geschichte zur frühen Besiedlung des Oberrheingrabens, Geological Institute of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (German)
  2. ^ Gallo-Roman Exhibition at Langensoultzbach
  3. ^ Vosegus - A Gaulish god: The Sower
  4. ^ Nicole Jufer & Thierry Luginbühl. 2001. Les dieux gaulois : répertoire des noms de divinités celtiques connus par l'épigraphie, les textes antiques et la toponymie. Editions Errance, Paris.