Pillar of the Boatmen
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Pillar of the Boatmen (French Pilier des nautes) is a square-section stone bas-relief with depictions of several deities, both Gaulish and Roman. Dating to the first quarter of the 1st century AD, it originally stood in a temple in the Gallo-Roman civitas of Lutetia (modern Paris, France) and is one of the earliest pieces of representational Gaulish art to carry a written inscription (Hatt, 1952). It is displayed in the frigidarium of the Thermes de Cluny.
Written in Latin with some Gaulish language features, the inscription mingles Roman deities with gods that are distinctly Gallic.
A description of the experience
Engraving of the elements found during the diggings, Histoire de Paris, tome 1, Michel Félibien.