Bricta

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In Gallo-Roman religion, Bricta or Brixta was a Gaulish goddess who was a consort of Luxovius, god of the waters of Luxeuil-les-Bains (in antiquity, Luxovium). Nicholson (1999) has suggested however that if "Bricta is a title incorporating Bríg, it may actually be a title assigned to Sirona rather than a separate goddess".

Inscriptions[edit]

Bricta is recorded in the following inscriptions from Luxeuil-les-Bains :

[Lus]soio / et Brictae / Divixti/us Cons/tans / v(otum) s(olvit) <l=T>(ibens) m(erito)
"To Lusso(v)ios and Bricta, Divixtius Constans freely and deservedly fulfilled his vow." (CIL 13, 05425)
Luxovio / et Brixtae / G(aius) Iul(ius) Fir/manus / v(otum) s(olvit) l(ibens) m(erito)
"To Luxovios and Brixta, Gaius Julius Firmans freely and deservedly fulfilled his vow."

(AE 1951, 00231; CIL 13, 05426)

Etymology[edit]

This Gaulish theonym is derived from the word brixtom or brixta meaning magic; the word also appears on the inscription of Chamalières. (Delamarre pp. 76–77 with references and comparative etymology)

References[edit]

  • Année Epigraphique; volume 1951.
  • Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL), volume 13, Tres Galliae.
  • Delamarre, X. (2003). Dictionnaire de la Langue Gauloise. 2nd edition. Paris, Editions Errance. ISBN 2-87772-237-6
  • Nicholson, Francine (1999). "Brighid: What Do We Really Know?". Celtic Well. Archived from the original on January 27, 2012.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)