Abellio


Abellio

Abellio (also Abelio and Abelionni) was a god worshipped in the Garonne Valley in Gallia Aquitania (now southwest France), known to us primarily by a number of inscriptions which were discovered at Comminges.Citation
last = Schmitz
first = Leonhard
author-link = Leonhard Schmitz
contribution = Abellio
editor-last = Smith
editor-first = William
title = Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
volume = 1
pages = 2
publisher =
place =
year = 1867
contribution-url = http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0011.html
] He may have been a god of apple trees.

Some scholars have postulated that Abellio is the same name as Apollo, who in Crete and elsewhere was called "Abelios" (Greek polytonic|Αβέλιος), and by the Italians and some Do­rians "Apello", [Fest. s. v. Apellinem; Eustath. ad II. ii. 99] and that the deity is the same as the Gallic Apollo mentioned by Caesar, [Julius Caesar, "Commentarii de Bello Gallico" [http://classics.mit.edu/Caesar/gallic.6.6.html vi. 17] ] and also the same as the Belis or Belenus mentioned by Tertullian [Tertullian, "Apologeticus" 23] and Herodian. [viii. 3; comp. Capitol. "Maoeimin." 22]

Other scholars have taken the reverse position that Abellio might have been a similar solar deity of Celtic origin in Crete and the Pyrenees, but the Cretan Abellio may however not be the same god as the Celtic one, but rather a different manifestation, or dialectal form, of the Greek god Apollo or his name.

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Other sources

*Ellis, Peter Berresford, "Dictionary of Celtic Mythology"(Oxford Paperback Reference), Oxford University Press, (1994): ISBN 0-19-508961-8
*Wood, Juliette, "The Celts: Life, Myth, and Art", Thorsons Publishers (2002): ISBN 0-00-764059-5
* [http://www.mythome.org/celtic.html Celtic Gods and their Associates]
* [http://www.wales.ac.uk/documents/external/cawcs/pcl-moe.pdf Proto-Celtic — English lexicon]


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