Gontia (deity)

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Gontia (/ˈɡɒntiə/) was a Celtic goddess. She was the tutelary deity of the river Günz,[1] near Günzburg in Germany. She is known from an inscription on a Roman-era altar at Günzburg (Latin: Guntia[2]) that reads Gontiae / sac(rum) / G(aius!) Iulius / Faventianus / |(centurio) leg(ionis) I Ital(icae),[3] or ‘Gaius Julius Faventianus, centurion of the Legio I Italica, (made) this offering to Gontia’.

She also appears to be connected with the Belgian city Ghent.[4]


  1. ^ Lauren Adams Gilmour, Pagans and Christians, Archaeopress, 2007, p. 24.
  2. ^ Otto Klaus Schmich (2004-06-27). "Römische Ortsnamensreste in germanischen Nachfolgernamen" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ Année Epigraphique 1930, 74.
  4. ^ Adrian Room, Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for 6,600 Countries, Cities, Territories, Natural Features, and Historic Sites, McFarland, 2006, p. 144.


  • Czysz, Wolfgang (2002). Gontia: Günzburg in der Römerzeit; archäologische Entdeckungen an der bayerisch-schwäbischen Donau. Friedberg: Likias-Verlag. pp. 81ff. ISBN 3-980-76282-3. 
  • Kraft, Klaus (1993). Landkreis Günzburg: Stadt Günzburg. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag. pp. 12–13. ISBN 3-486-55211-2. 
  • Schmid, Jürgen (2000). Gontia. Studien zum römischen Günzburg. Arethousa Verlag, München. ISBN 3-934207-03-0.