INSCRIPTIONS TO SUCELLOS

Sucellos

These are the 11 inscriptions to Sucellos, the only ones we have found to this day.

Within, you will find some history of the inscriptions. When it comes to the images, I did not want to run into copyright problems. So I drew the image representing the original image as best as possible. Some images will be missing because there is not a known image.

MAINZ

I (OVI) O (PTIMO) M (AXIMO) SVCAELO AND GEN (IO) LOCI PRO SALVTE C (AI) CALPVRNI SEPPIANI P (RIMI) P (ILI) LEG (IONIS) XXII PR (IMIGENIAE ) P (IAE) TROPHIMVS ACTOR [E] T CANABARI (I) EX VOTO
(CIL 13, 6730)

We have a worn Votive inscription made of white limestone dating from 201AD-250AD. Found in 1882 at Mogontiacum (Mainz) Now in Mainz, Landesmus (Mainz State Museum) in Germany. It mentions Jupiter and an alternate spelling to Sucellos, as some Scholars Suggest. Along with Genius Locus, which is a protective spirit of a place. It is usually depicted in religious iconography as a figure holding attributes such as a cornucopia, patera libation bowl, or a snake. It is thought to be the remains of a pillar base.

  • Height – 23inches
  • Width – 15inches
  • Depth – 9Inches

WORMS

DEO SVCELLO AND SILVANO TI (BERIVS) GPI
(CIL 13, 6224)

To the god Sucelus Silvanus, Tiberius GPIP(?) (offered this

This is a heavily worn sandstone votive altar located in Worms, Germany, found in 1844. It has trees on the sides and an inscription to Sucellos and Silvanus. It dates from 170AD-200AD it is now located in the Museum of the city of Worms.

  • Height – 22 inches
  • Width – 14.5 Inches
  • Depth – 8 Inches

VICHY

SV [CELL] VM PROPITIVM NOBI
(ILTG 497)

This is a Pot made from terocata, and it has a Medallion on its face with Sucellos standing with his hammer in the left hand and the pot in his right. Along with an image of a wolf and some trees. Found in 1885 now in Paris, Musée Guimet. This is missing fragments, but the Inscription is intact and helped us identify others like this from another site now located at Musée de Picardie. This dates to around 200 AD.

Thanks to H. de Villrfose, who pieced together the fragments, and Mr. Audin completed an artist rendering of the pieced together fragments.

ANCEY MALAIN

DEO SVCELLO AREAM RESVS TOROGILLI V (OTVM) S (OLVIT) L (IBENS) M (ERITO)
(RAE, 1989)

This is a limestone votive Inscription found in 1988 at the ancient site (Civitas Lingonum), modern-day Ancey, France. Dating around 121AD – 230AD, it is in rough shape – burnt around the sides and broken. Thought to be a base to a statue.

  • Height 11 inches
  • Width 19 Inches
  • Depth 14 Inches

YORK

DEO SVCELLO
(RE, 516)

To the god Sucellos

This is a silver hexagonal finger ring with an inscription on the front. Found in 1875 in a city moat in Yorkshire, England. Now in the Yorkshire Museum.

AUGST

IN HONOR (EM) D (OMVS) D (IVINAE) DEO SVCELLO SILV (IVS?) SPART (VS?) L (OCVS) D (ATVS) D (ECRETO) D (ECVRIORVM)
(AE 1925, 5)

In honor of the divine imperial house, Silvius (?) Has Spartus (?) Dedicated to the god Sucellus (this). The space (for the inscription) was made available by the decision of the city council.

This is a Votive inscription on weathered white limestone with damaged edges. Found in 1914 at the ancient site (Augusta Rauricorum) August, Switzerland, now housed at the Roman Museum August. It is dated to the middle of the 2nd century.

  • Height – 20 Inches
  • Width – 30 Inches
  • Depth – 11 inches

SARREBOURG

DEO SVCELLO NANTOSVELTE BELLAVSVS MASS FILIVS V (OTVM) S (OLVIT) L (IBENS) M (ERITO)
(CIL 12, 4542)

To the god Sucellus and Nantosuelta, Bellausus, son of Massa, paid his vow willingly and deservedly.

A gray sandstone Relief of Sucellus and Nantosuelta found In Sarrebourg, near Metz, France, we find a Nantosuelta, wearing a long gown is standing to the left. She holds a small house-shaped object with two circular holes and a peaked roof in her left hand. Her right-hand holds a patera, which she is tipping onto a cylindrical altar. To the right, Sucellus stands, bearded, in a tunic with a cloak on his right shoulder. He holds his mallet in his right hand and an olla in his left. Above the figures is a dedicatory inscription, and below them in shallow relief a raven. Dated to the first century or the start of the second century. Housed at Muess de Metz. This is the only illustration of Sucellos and Natosuelta together with an inscription. It is also the only one naming Nantosuelta.

METZ

DEO SVCELLO
(Finke 87)

To the god Sucellos

In 1923 an airport construction was put on hold in Metz, France. The discovery of what is thought to be a burial site is where this bronze ring was found, along with burnt bones, brick pieces, and Urns. Dating BC 199 – AD 799?. Nothing else can be found.

No Image Found

VIENNA

DEO SVCELLO GELLIA SECVND [A] V (OTVM) S (OLVIT) L (IBENS) M (ERITO)
(CIL 12, 1836)

This is a Votive altar found in 1856. Not much is know about this one as it was in a private collection in Vienna, Austria, and went missing around 1888 and can not be pictured.

  • Height – 16 Inches
  • Width – 12 Inches

No Image Found

YVERDON

SVCELLO IPADCO V (OTVM) S (OLVIT) L (IBENS) M (ERITO)
(CIL 13, 5057)

Found in 1853, this is a Stone Votive inscription found in Switzerland. It has come up missing, and nothing more is known and is also not pictured.

No Image Found

LYON

[S] VCELI (?) C […]
(AE 1982, 712)

Nothing is found

REFERENCES

Mainz

https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/inschrift/HD055177

Worms

http://lupa.at/27073

Vichy

Dr A. MORLET in Vichy Gaulois, 1942 pp. 102-106.

Studies on a Gallo-Roman gods couple in the Northern provinces of the Roman Empire – Manfred Kotterba

Ancey Malain

http://lupa.at/25427​

Vienna

Studies on a Gallo-Roman gods couple in the Northern provinces of the Roman Empire – Manfred Kotterba

Metz

Studies on a Gallo-Roman gods couple in the Northern provinces of the Roman Empire – Manfred Kotterba

https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/inschrift/HD076796

Sarrebourg

https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/inschrift/HD023042

Lyon

Studies on a Gallo-Roman gods couple in the Northern provinces of the Roman Empire – Manfred Kotterba

York

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/rchme/york/vol1/pp111-135#highlight-first https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/collections/search

Augst

https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/inschrift/HD025567

Yverdon

Inscriptiones Confoederationis Helveticae Latinae

Mémoires et documents, Volume 20 Page.470

Mitteilungen, Volumes 13-15 69 (7)

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