Words and Proper Names


Maier (Bernhard): Is Lug to be identified with Mercury (Bell. Gall. VI 17, 1)? New suggestions on an old problem.
In Ériu 47 (1996), pp. 127–135.
Considers the frequency of the element Lugu- in toponomy; the coincidence in date of the festival of Lugnusad and the annual festival in hounour of the Emperor Augustus at Lugudunum (Lyons); and the similarity of the Lug’s epithet samildánach to Caesar’s characterisation of Mercury as omnium inventor artium.