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Sexarbores is a Gallic god known only from inscriptions found in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Like the gods Abellio and Fagus, it could have been a deified tree[1].

Etymology

Sexarbores can be translated as six-trees , so Sexarbores would be the god of six-trees, a god of trees.

Inscriptions

Sexarbores is only known from inscriptions found in the 'Pays d'Aspet', around Castelbiague and Arbas in France, whose forest probably fed the wood needs of the nearby city. Unlike most votive monuments of this region of Haute-Garonne, the altars in question give the names of divinities translated into Latin. Sexarbores seems to have been honored solely or mainly by Roman citizens, perhaps woodcutters[2].

  • CIL, XIII, 129 (Arbas) : Sex/Arboribus, Q(uintus) Fufius / Germanus / u(otum) s(oluit)
  • CIL, XIII, 132 (Castelbiague) : Ex uoto ; / Sexarbori / deo L(ucius) D(omitius) / Censorinus / u(otum) s(oluit) l(ibens) m(erito)
  • CIL, XIII, 175 (Castelbiague) : Sexs / arbori deo / T(itus) P(ompeius)/ [Clampanus / u(otum) s(oluit) l(ibens) m(erito)]

Sources

  • R.Sablayrolles, Les dieux des bucherons à l'époque de la domination romaine, Protoindustrie et histoire des forêts, Actes du colloque (Loubière, 10-13 octobre 1990) dans Les Cahiers de l'Isard, Toulouse, 1992, P 15-26

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