ARVERNI, the name of an ancient Gaulish tribe in the
Auvergne, which still bears its name. It resisted Caesar longer
than most of Gaul; when once vanquished it adopted Roman
civilization readily. Its tribal deity, the god of the mountain,
the Puy de DŰme, rechristened in Roman phrase Mercurius
Dumias, was famous far beyond its territory. Part of his temple
has been excavated recently.
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