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Esus and the Nautes Pillar

While in Paris in November of 2005, I went to the Musée de Cluny to see a god. We went in and found him in the Frigidarium (the Musée de Cluny is built on an old Roman bath house)


Esus


I was, I admit, in awe. I wandered around the pillar, taking pictures of the other faces.


Tarvos Trigaranus,
The bull with three cranes


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Vulcan | Jupiter



The plaque for the Esus block of the Pillar


I walked around taking video of the entire piece, so I could remember exactly how it went together:

I then went in for some closer pictures of Esus and Tarvos Trigaranus:

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Esus Top | Bottom


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Normal view | Red filter



Tarvos top
The Three Cranes


I next wandered over to block four, the only known inscription of the word "Cernunnos":


Cernunnos,
Only "ERNVNNO" remains legible.
Note the beard, the torcs, and the antlers on which they hang


Around the corner from Cernunnos was a guy called Smertios, possibly a Hercules sort of guy, and seems vaguely identified with that Roman deity.


Smertrios
(last part of this name recostructed)


Around the corner again, we find Castor and Pollux:

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Castor | Pollux


I headed over to block 1, and started snapping pictures of that block, finding with this pair of paired divinities:

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"Venus" and another deity | "Mars" and a female deity


Also on that pillar, were these two:

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"Mercury" and a female divinity | "Fortuna" and another deity  


Block 2 held the following reliefs:

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      The Nautes (sailors), no inscription | Men in arms, [EURISES] is the inscription


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Depicting the ceremony of dedication | The dedication of the Pillar        


The dedication reads as follows:

TIB[ERIO] CAESARE
AUG[USTO] IOVI OPTUMO
MAXSUMO
NAUTAE PARISIACI
PUBLICE POSIERU
N[T]

This translates, roughly, as follows:

"[Under the reign of] Tiberius Ceasar Agustus, to Jupiter, the very good, the very great, the sailors of the territory of the Parisii place this [monument] for the people."

My Latin is a bit rusty, but that's close. Anyone want to make a better stab at it than I did?

I also snapped a picture of the explanation they had on the wall:


Of course, it's in French


I admit that I stood rooted to the floor for a good amount of this. I did not touch the relief, though I very much wanted to. In fact, there was nothing I wanted more. Meghan asked to snap a photo of me with the pillar, so that everyone could see what the size was. I stand 6'4" tall.


Me and Esus, together at last


Satisfied, more or less, with the experience (I admit I wanted to just stand there a while longer, but we had a plane to catch), we headed out.

Newest stuff:

A word from the Encyclopedia of Religions

My main (academic) page on Esus

Esus as my patron

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