4) Bricta (‘the One who Exercises Magic?’)

The goddess Bricta or Brixta2110 is honoured with the god Luxovius in three inscriptions from Luxeuil-les-Bains (Haute-Saône), anciently called Luxovium, where warm springs (about 24°), heavily mineralised hot springs (40°), and ferruginous waters emanate.2111 As excavations carried out on the site prove, the beneficial properties of the waters of Luxeuil-les-Bains were already known and exploited in Gallo-Roman times. They are nowadays renowned for the treatment of venous and gynaecological problems.2112


Bricta/Brixta is not to be confused with the city Brixiae, in Brescia (Italy), mentioned in an inscription from Brescia, CIL V, 4202: [Genio col.] Brixi[ae et] Bergimo sacr[um] Alpi[nus].


Richard, 1991, p. 9.


CAG, 70, La Haute-Saône, 2002, p. 274 ; Lacroix, 2007, p. 84.