August 16th, 2006
|01:34 pm - Esus in Algeria (fighting the French, I'm sure)|
Ladies and gentlemen:
I mentioned that I found an inscription relating to Esus recently. Well, PICTURES!
They're on my "About Esus" page that I've built (Quick Link to the spot on the page).
If you just want to look at the pictures I found, and don't care about what I think about them, then they're here:
What really catches my eye? That sand-dollar-looking-thing on the first pic. And the birds hanging out around those trees with the anchors around 'em on the other two pics.
Is it just me, or is this damn cool?
(tlachtga, I'll give you a copy of both articles from this site at Summerland.)
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "The Hangout Gang", -JB
I'm curious: While I can make out the letters ES and S, the U looks more like a \
Now, I know that sometimes Latin inscriptions would merge two letters; I recently saw an inscription to Maponus that combined the M and A into one letter, with a bar through the second half of M. Is that what's happening here? The left part of the U combined with the S? Because that really doesn't look like a U. Now, granted, we're not looking at the inscription head-on, and certainly not in person. So maybe there's something I don't see.
Yes, that's certianly problematic. What we need is a rubbing or a squeeze from the instcription, really. Or, of course, to look at it ourselves.
In this case, until someone can get a good look at it, I think we're stuck trusting the guy who transcribed it.
I'll see if I can get any detail out of the French around it. . . Here's what the article says about the inscription:
Stèle de marbre blanc brisée en haut, à droite et en bas. L : 20 cm ; H : 28 cm ; ép. : 5,5 cm. Fronton triangulaire décoré de rosaces et soutenu par un cadre de colonnes. Champ épigraphique : H : 4 cm. H l. : 1,8 cm. Points séparatifs simples. Ligne 2, ligature VS. Nécropole occidentale.
PEREGRINVS[---Ligne 2 : Esus est le nom d'un dieu gaulois, qu'il est étonnant de trouver ici.
Ligne 2, ligature VS.
A-HA! Yes, that is most helpful! It IS a ligature--the U and S are combined into one letter, at least according to the transcriber. So it would then say ESUS.
You're on the ContinentalCeltic email list, right? Someone else raised the exact same question. You wanna answer it there, or shall I? You seem to actually know what a ligature is, whereas I have never seen the word before :)
Yeah, let me dig up the email (or go to the site) and answer that.
Ligne 2 : Esus est le nom d'un dieu gaulois, qu'il est étonnant de trouver ici.
"Esus is the name of a Gaulish god, which is astonishing to find here."
It sure is.