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, as attested to by ancient inscriptions.[1]

The modern name of both the city and the family that established itself there, the 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.


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