The « Apollo » of Vieil-Évreux

This relatively large bronze statuette (70 cm high) was discovered in the temple at Vieil-Evreux, together with the large statue of Jupiter standing. It represents a standing, naked youth with long hair tied behind his head, whose only attribute is a diadem in his hair. When it was found in 1840, this statue was immediately identified as Apollo: it represents a beardless young man with long hair, whose rather supple musculature recalls other images of the god. However, he has none of the god’s traditional attributes, which is why he is now generally supposed to be a god proper to the Gallo-Roman city of Vieil-Évreux (perhaps the patron god of the city, as suggested by his diadem) - a Gallo-Roman deity whose image was strongly inspired by that of Apollo.
The identification of the Roman gods is therefore not always easy, and we sometimes come across gods with unusual attributes or none at all. We generally suppose these images to be Galllic interpretations of the classical Greco-Roman gods, but it is very difficult to know anything more about them.