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Gela

The following is excerpted from: Cults, Myths and Legends of Ancient Sicily (Author: Ignazio Caloggero - ISBN: 9788894321913)

Gela is the river divinity linked to the Gelas river, which also gave its name to the city of the same name. The cult of the river-god would be evidenced by the discovery of some coins with his effigy, in particular in a silver Dedracma from Gela of the XNUMXth century. BC, the divinity is depicted as a bull with a human face and next to the inscription: Gelas. Ancient writers such as Eliano and Timaeus also speak of the cult of Gela [1]

[1] Biagio Pace: Art and Civilization of Ancient Sicily. Volume III pag. 496

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