Gaulish - RIG L-4

Genouilly

Photo and drawing of Genouilly
ELVONTIV
IEVRV·ANEVNO
OCLICNO·LVGVRIX
ANEVNICNO

‘Aneunos, son of Oclos, [and] Lugurix, son of Aneunos, dedicated [this] to Eluontios’.

This inscription, written in uneven Roman capitals, is a dedication to a deity called Eluontios by a father and his son. The suffix -icno, which occurs twice in this inscription, marks the name to which it is attached as a patronymic, i.e. the name of the father. Thus Aneuno Oclicno means ‘Aneuno(s), son of Oclos’. What emerges then is a male line of three generations: Oclos – Aneunos – Lugurix. The verb ieuru occurs frequently and, although its origin is debated, it clearly means something like ‘dedicated’.

M. Lejeune, Recueil des inscriptions gauloises: I Textes gallo-étrusques, Textes gallo-latins sur pierre (Paris, 1988), L-4, pp. 86–7


© Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic