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Who or what is Verbeia?
Verbeia is the name of a Goddess known to be associated with the River Wharfe at Ilkley in West Yorkshire. Whilst there is much speculation about her exact origins, there is an altar dedicated to Verbeia, dating from the Roman occupation, in Ilkley. The altar was dedicated by Clodius Fronto a prefect of the Second Cohort of Lingones who were stationed at the Roman Fort in Ilkley.
VERBEIAE SACRVM CLODIVS FRONTO PRAEF COH II LINGON
to holy Verbeia, Clodius Fronto, prefect of the Second Cohort of Lingones
A number of theories as to Verbeia's origins have been suggested, these draw on both the mythical and spiritual associations with other Celtic Goddesses and on the etymology of her name, which has been associated with possible roots in Anglo Saxon, Scandinavian and Latin.
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