Vellaunus

Vellaunus

Vellaunus is a Celtic god known from only two inscriptions. The first, found at Caerwent is the base of a state recording the dedication of the statue to:

"To the god Mars Lenus, otherwise known as Ocelus Vellaunus and to the Imperial numen".

Above this base there survives only a pair of human feet and those of a goose. The dedication dates to AD 152.

The second inscription was located in the territory of the Allobroges in souther Gaul, where he was associated with Mercury.

Mars Lenus was a god of the Treveri with great cult centres at Trier and Pommern; Ocelus was a local British deity, to whom another stone was inscribed at Caerwent, and who was also worshipped at Carlisle. Mars Lenus was clearly equated in Britain with other, localised Celtic divinities.

References

Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend. Miranda Green. Thames and Hudson Ltd. London. 1997

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