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date: 05 December 2022

Eponalocked

Eponalocked

  • James Rives

Extract

A Celtic goddess known from dedications that are found from Spain to the Balkans, and northern Britain to Italy. Her name derives from the Celtic word for ‘horse’, and the most common iconography of the goddess shows her seated side-saddle on a horse; Latin writers mention her as the goddess of the stable (Juv. 9. 157; Apul. Met. 3. 27). She is also at times depicted with fruits or a cornucopia, attributes that link her with the mother goddesses. Her original cult area was in NE Gaul, and monuments are very frequent in the regions of the *Aedui (near Dijon), the *Treveri (around the Mosel), and east of the Rhine to the border. The wider dispersal is due largely to devotees in the army, often members of the cavalry, but she also has a festival in a civic calendar of 27 bce from northern Italy. See religion, celtic.

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  • Roman Myth and Religion

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